Former Premier League and Bundesliga striker comes on to make National League bow as King's Lynn lose at Wealdstone
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To say football in National League's top flight is lost right now couldn't be more evident as theadbare King's Lynn Town suffered yet another defeat to Wealdstone on Tuesday night.
On a week where promotion-chasing Notts County signed three players to aid their promotion push, dejected Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse was struggling to find three bodies to fill his substitutes bench.
It is a sad state of affairs as Lynn are made to limp through what can only be described as a completely meaningless last few months of the campaign.
The situation isn't pleasing everyone, especially Culverhouse who hasn't endured too many weeks quite like the last one during his time in the dugout.
Lynn lost Bolton Wanderers loanee Jak Hickman to a hamstring injury 35 minutes into his debut at Grosvenor Vale after the trio of Ryan Jarvis, Cameron King and Ross Barrows were added to the long list of players furloughed prior to kick-off.
With Barrows, Rory McAuley, Aaron Jones, Alex Brown and, now Hickman, all in the treatment room and likely to be absent for some time, Lynn's boss has more injured defenders than he has fit ones.
Speaking after the game, Culverhouse said: "We've got to go out and find another one somewhere. We are just filling spaces at the moment and for what?
"I had to sit in front of Jacko (Simeon Jackson) and ask him and I was begging him. He's come out of his way to give us a hand, and so has Alfie Payne.
"Alfie is just coming back off the back of an injury so he hasn't played a lot of games.
"It's a situation that is diabolical really. You've got to go round begging players to come and play for you. It's not fair on them and I don't think it's fair on the group that we've got.
"It's a good group and all of a sudden it's getting torn apart here, there and everywhere and people don't know from day to day what the hell is going on."
Lynn's boss spared a thought for the players currently sitting at home under the Job Retention Scheme, unable to aid the club's cause in what should have been a season to savour.
"It must be hard for them. It's hard enough for us and we're coming out to do it," he admitted.
"This group has always been a tight-knit group. They want to stick together and help each other as they all mates.
"They have been for the last two or three years and that's why this club is where it is at."
Danny Green, Ross Lafayette, and Jacob Mendy put Wealdstone 3-0 up before Kairo Mitchell scored a late consolation for the Linnets.
The final scoreline was harsh on Lynn who were left to rue their inability to put away chances after dominating long periods of possession.
"I can't fault the lads, we are making silly mistakes defensively, but I can't fault them as we are playing some really good stuff between both boxes," said Culverhouse.
"We can feel sorry for sorry for ourselves and just wilt and die or give it a go and the players gave it a real go again.
"We weren't good enough in both boxes and that's where the game was won and lost, in the 18-yard box.
"We're giving away soft goals. I haven't seen teams go through us and we're creating loads and loads of chances and it's just not going for us in there.
"The worry would be if we weren't creating chances, but how can I have a go at them in there?
Wealdstone: Isted, Efete, Okimo, Cawley, Mendy, Charles, Phillips, Dyer (Wishart 63), Green (Hughes 81), Lewis, Lafayette (Parish 63). Subs not used: Askew, Hearn.
Goals: Green 9, Lafayete 37, Mendy 66
King's Lynn Town: Mair, Hickman (Jackson 36), Fleming (Gyasi 72), Callan-McFadden, Smith, Denton, Richards (Payne 85), Clunan, Carey, Kiwomya, Mitchell.
Goal: Mitchell 81.