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King's Lynn Town far from pitch perfect – manager slams the state of the club's playing surface following National League defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge




Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse has labelled King's Lynn Town's pitch as 'not playable' after his sides' loss against Dagenham and Redbridge this afternoon.

Goals from Paul McCallum, Angelo Balanta, and Matt Robinson handed the Daggers a third successive win in a game they never really had to get out of second gear.

But rather than criticise that his players for a lacklustre display, Culverhouse focused on the state of the Walks' playing surface after the final whistle.

The look on manager Ian Culverhouse's face says it all as King's Lynn Town are forced to carry on playing with a threadbare squad. Picture: Tim Smith. (45151692)
The look on manager Ian Culverhouse's face says it all as King's Lynn Town are forced to carry on playing with a threadbare squad. Picture: Tim Smith. (45151692)

"I think this is possibly the worst pitch in the league and I don't know why as there's hardly been any games played on it," he said.

"Even from kick-off we kick the ball straight back to our centre-half and he ends up volleying it without no one else near him.

"What the hell is going on? The pitch isn't good enough, it's shocking and it is absolutely killing us.

"For a possession-based side to actually have to play on this is embarrassing and I feel sorry for the boys.

"I'm asking them to do things which the pitch really isn't allowing them to do and I don't want to change the way we play."

On the game itself, Culverhouse added: "It was about poor decisions and we conceded some poor goals. You can pick holes in that, but I can't fault the players as we're a patched-up team."

Pat McCallum handed Dagenham the early lead when he fired a deep cross into the back of the net from the edge of the six-yard box after the hosts had lost midfielder Cameron King to injury minutes earlier.

The impressive Balanta doubled that lead shortly before the half-time break before Matt Robinson added a third goal a minute into the second half.

Lynn's best chances of a poor performance came early and late in the second half.

Three minutes after Dagenham's third goal a rasping shot from Tyler Denton was clawed away by Justham for a corner.

Two minutes from time Justham denied home substitute Michael Gyasi with a smart reaction save with his legs.

King's Lynn Town players pay their respects to stalwart supporters Lee Calton and Paul Johnson who tragically lost their lives earlier this month. Picture: Tim Smith (46521433)
King's Lynn Town players pay their respects to stalwart supporters Lee Calton and Paul Johnson who tragically lost their lives earlier this month. Picture: Tim Smith (46521433)

It was a sombre afternoon at The Walks as the club remembered the lives of Lee Calton and Paul Johnson – two stalwart supporters who tragically lost their lives earlier in the month.

Mr Calton's nephew Jacob Bromfield laid a wreath in the centre circle before his life was remembered with a minute's applause while a handful of his closest friends were allowed in the ground to pay their tributes to the 38-year-old.



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