Roofer Hurst says only way is up for King’s Lynn Town

Liam Hurst (bottom facing camera) after scoring the winner.
Liam Hurst (bottom facing camera) after scoring the winner.
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Roofer Liam Hurst is hoping the only way is up after helping the Linnets end a painful seven-month wait for a home win.

Hurst was on target with the only goal of the game as the Linnets overcame Cambridge City at The Walks on Tuesday night (see page 111 for report).

It handed Lynn their first Southern League Premier Division points of the season and their first success on home soil since January 1.

Hurst is confident both the club and himself can now go on and scale new heights.

Hurst said: “It is a brilliant feeling. It’s like a weight has been lifted off of our shoulders because we wanted to win the first game of the season and we didn’t do that.

“After the disappointment of Saturday it was important that we came here and put it right against Cambridge City.

“We are a good group and we’ve got high hopes for the season.

“We are hoping to get as high as we can, but we are not setting any targets.”

Hurst, who made nine appearances on loan from Cambridge United towards the end of the 2013/14 season, is enjoying every minute of his first full season at the club.

The 20-year-old, who was released by the U’s in the summer and now works for his dad, said: “It’s a big transition for me coming out of the pro game.

“I enjoyed my time on loan here before so it was a no-brainer for me when I was released by Cambridge.

“When you are in the pro mindset every day you are just grinding it out, but when you go to work during the day football is something you look forward to.”

Hurst believes that Lynn’s new-look squad has gelled together quickly.

“As soon as we had the first training session I noticed that there was quite a few of us that clicked,” he said.

“Once you are all on the same wavelength that’s when it starts to come together.”

Tomorrow, the Linnets host Bideford at The Walks.

Bideford AFC will be making their first-ever visit to Norfolk as the Linnets take on the Robins.

On Bideford, Lynn boss Setchell said: “They are a big, strong side who are very direct.

“They came from 4-1 down with seven minutes to go on Saturday to draw with title favourites St Neots so it will be another big test for us.”

Off-the-field activities at Bideford made the news during the close season after they were issued with a winding up order in April over unpaid tax.

Fortunately the matter was resolved and the order was lifted on July 15.

Bideford finished in 15th place last season, two places below Cambridge City. They conceded 55 goals on their travels, more than any other club in the division.

Evo-stik Southern League Premier Division fixtures

Tomorrow: Biggleswade T v Redditch Utd, Chesham Utd v Paulton Rvs, Chippenham T v Bedworth Utd, Cirencester T v Hitchin T, Frome T v Cambridge City, Histon v Leamington, Hungerford T v Dorchester T, Kettering T v Merthyr T, King’s Lynn T v Bideford, St Neots T v Poole T, Stratford T v Slough T, Weymouth v Dunstable T.

Monday: Hitchin T v King’s Lynn T, Redditch Utd v Hungerford T.

Bottom half

Team P W F A Pt

King’s Lynn Town 2 1 1 2 3

Frome Town 2 0 1 1 2

Hungerford Town 2 0 0 0 2

Hitchin Town 2 0 3 4 1

Chesham United 2 0 1 2 1

Kettering Town 2 0 0 1 1

Redditch United 2 0 0 1 1

Bideford 2 0 4 6 1

Paulton Rovers 2 0 1 4 1

Slough Town 2 0 1 5 1

Dunstable Town 2 0 2 5 0

Bedworth United 2 0 2 6 0