King's Lynn Town boss looking for a reaction as Boreham Wood visit
King’s Lynn Town will be keen to make sure they are not the latest side to fall victim to striker Matt Rhead when they host Boreham Wood at The Walks tomorrow night.
Rhead – regarded as a brut of a centre forward – has been the scourge of many defences during a nomadic career lower down the footballing pyramid.
The 36-year-old made his name at both Mansfield Town and Lincoln City in the Football League.
Lynn’s first-ever encounter with the bruising frontman comes just four days after they were trounced 5-0 by Solihull Moors.
Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse said: “We’ve got to handle his physicality and if we don’t then we might find ourselves on the end of another beating.
“The players know there are certain aspects where they let themselves down on Saturday so they’ve got to stand up to be counted and we’ll see how they react.
“No one can turn around and say that they can keep their shirt after Solihull so we will see if they’ve learned from it and we get a response.
“What I will say is that our season isn’t going to be defined by playing the likes of Solihull and Boreham Wood, it’ll be when we play the teams in and around us.”
Culverhouse, who has seen his side leak nine goals in their opening three National League fixtures, was furious with the performance at Solihull.
“Unless we learn our lessons very quickly we will be on the end of a few of those,” he admitted.
“Too many soft goals – two from restarts again and then we were in possession on one as well and gave a square ball across the back they broke on to as well. So lessons to be learned and they will learn them.”
Boreham reached the play-offs last season, finishing in fifth spot, but succumbed to Harrogate Town in the semi-final.
Tipped by some to do well this season, having kept the bulk of last season’s squad, Wood were unbeaten in pre-season but came unstuck on the opening day with a 2-1 defeat at Wrexham.
On Saturday they entertained Halifax – the team they defeated in the play-offs last season – in a match that ended goalless.
Wood are manager by Luke Garrard who took over the hot-seat in October 2015 at the age of 30 making the former AFC Wimbledon defender the youngest manager in all of England’s top five divisions at the time.
Lynn will make a late decision on the fitness of Simon Power, who was ruled out of the weekend action with a groin strain.