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King's Lynn Town boss calls on supporters to remain realistic

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Manager Ian Culverhouse has urged King’s Lynn Town fans to remain “realistic” about their National League North position.

Having gained promotion via the Super play-off last season, Lynn have taken the elevation to Step Two football in their stride.

But after back-to-back 2-2 draws against Spennymoor Town and Gloucester City, the Linnets chief has issued a stark warning about the difficulty of the club’s new surroundings.

Paul Bastock and Ian Culverhouse. (16696554)
Paul Bastock and Ian Culverhouse. (16696554)

Culverhouse said: “I think we need to get some realism about the place, because we haven’t got a right to beat anyone in this league.

“We are going to play 42 games and in 42 games we will be underdogs.

“So we have no right to beat Gloucester – we have to earn the right in every single game, and fair play to Gloucester, they took their chances and we didn’t.”

Culverhouse, whose side preserved their unbeaten home record with a last-gasp equaliser against the Tigers on Saturday, added: “What we are doing at the moment is unbelievable, it’s unbelievable what they are doing.

“And the character they showed at the end – and they could have given up halfway through because it wasn’t going right – but to actually get the goal in the end showed the immense character of this squad of players.”

Despite their sensational start to the new campaign, Culverhouse also delivered a timely reminder to fans that staying up remains the club’s number one priority.

“This is small steps for us,” he said.

“We have to lay foundations and small building blocks. The first 10 games everyone is just ‘wow, unbelievable start’, but this is about building things for next year.

“If we can stay in this league this year we will only be better next year, we really will be because we will have had a season of it, we will know what it is about, the foundations will have been laid to push it on further.

“We wouldn’t be ready for it unless there is a very big improvement everywhere, but we haven’t got the foundations for it. We have got out of one league we are dipping our toe into the next one and we are enjoying it at the moment. Can we sustain it? That is the challenge for this group of players now.”

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