King's Lynn Town brace themselves for York City visit in top-of-the-table clash in National League North
Mark Hearle admits there’s a real buzz around King’s Lynn Town as the club brace themselves for their biggest league fixture for many years.
A bumper four-figure crowd is expected at The Walks tomorrow when the National League North leaders welcome second-placed York City.
The two clubs lock horns in what could ultimately boil down to a promotion showdown – though much more rides on the game for the full-time Minstermen than the Linnets.
Lynn, who have defied the odds throughout the season, find themselves a point ahead of their nearest rivals with two games in hand.
After a tough November and December, York City appear to have turned a corner with four wins in five easing the jitters.
A 2-0 victory over AFC Telford last weekend reduced Lynn’s lead at the summit.
Looking ahead to the match, club press officer and commercial manager Hearle said: “It’s the game that everyone has been waiting for and there’s a real buzz around the club and the town.
“It goes without saying everyone at the club is looking forward greatly to what on paper, looks to be a hugely-exciting game between two in-form teams.”
Tickets for the weekend will remain available to buy online until midday on Saturday.
The box office will open at 11am on matchday for ticket sales with ground access available from midday with all food and drink outlets open for business.
It will also be open tonight between 6pm and 8pm for supporters wishing to purchase tickets early.
“My advice to anyone who is coming along is to purchase their ticket ahead of Saturday, either online or by coming along to the ground on Friday evening,” said Hearle.
“We expect to be extremely busy on the day and purchasing tickets ahead of Saturday will help us greatly on many fronts.”
Close-season title favourites York City are bidding to become the first team to win at The Walks since Stourbridge more than 16 months ago.
And despite their incredible record on home soil, Linnets assistant boss Paul Bastock insists that all of the pressure is on the visitors, who operate with a much bigger playing squad than Lynn, going into the match.
Bastock said: “It’s a free hit, we’ve got nothing to fear. York are expected to beat us as they are full-time.
“They did us at their place. We’ve just got to go out and play our football and let them worry about us.
“We are not going to worry about York.
“We are just going to do what we do, what we believe in and what Ian sets out all week and our philosophies of football and hopefully that will bring us out on top by the end of the game.”
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