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Linnets shotstopper delighted to have record-breaker Paul Bastock as his tutor

Alex Street believes having Paul Bastock as his tutor can help take King’s Lynn – and himself – to the next level on the non-league pyramid.

Street, who will play his 400th game in a Linnets shirt at home to Leiston tomorrow, is aiming for a prolonged career like his protege after breaking Billy Bedwell’s 378 appearance milestone on the all-time goalkeeping list at the Walks.

Lynn assistant boss Bastock holds the all-time record for the most competitive games in world football, having played 1,279 times in league and cup competitions.

Alex Street v Needham 2 (6278045)
Alex Street v Needham 2 (6278045)

And Street admitted that having the record-breaking shotstopper working alongside him at the club has been a breath of fresh air.

Street said: “Paul has been brilliant and I’ve been asking for somebody like him to help me for years.

“When you’ve got a person like Bazza, who’s got experience at all levels of football, pushing you, it’s a fantastic help.

“We are now 16 games unbeaten and Paul has played a huge part in that too.

“Hopefully people have started to notice a little bit of difference in my own game since he came here.”

Street, King’s Lynn Town’s longest-serving player, went through some testing times early in his career after arriving from Wisbech Town in 2010.

The shotstopper spent periods of the 2012-13 season out on loan on dual registration but now finds himself as Lynn’s undisputed number one.

He maybe some way off Bastock’s competitive appearance record, but the Linnets’ goalkeeper, who is coming towards the end of a two-year contract, has no designs on hanging up his gloves any time soon.

“I’ve come from being a nobody from village football to playing for a big town like King’s Lynn, so it’s a real honour for me,” said Street.

“It’s an achievement but it will just be another game and I’m just happy to keep playing.

“I think Bazza is keeping an eye on my appearances as I keep joking about chasing his record.

“That’s why he keeps getting a couple of games in here so he can get further away from me.

“I will keep ticking away the appearances and if I get anywhere near to what Paul achieved then that will be a good career.”

Tomorrow’s home game against the Blues will also see another Lynn player reach a landmark with Ryan Hawkins set to reach three figures in games for the club.


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