King's Lynn facing bleak season of National League struggle unless something changes quickly
In what should have been a season to savour back in front of the fans is turning out to be one to forget unless King’s Lynn Town can kick-start their National League campaign at home to Aldershot Town on Saturday.
As tough a prospect as the National League is, not many people would have predicted that the Linnets would be talking about the likelihood of relegation come the end of November.
But that’s exactly what will be staring Ian Culverhouse’s beleaguered side in the face if they pick up anything less than six points from their next two home games against Aldershot (Saturday) and Dover Athletic (December 11).
Lynn have already fallen short against Weymouth and Wealdstone – sides expected to battling against the drop – this season and more dropped points against teams in and around the relegation zone would be unthinkable if they want to survive.
The current league table doesn’t make pretty reading if you’re a Linnets fan.
Lynn find themselves marooned in the bottom three of the latest standings with a slight gap opening up between them and tomorrow’s visitors in 20th place.
Aldershot will arrive in Norfolk buoyed by back-to-back wins against Grimsby Town and Torquay United respectively while, at the other end of the scale, Lynn have slumped to seven league defeats on the bounce and gates continue to dwindle.
Fans have become increasingly frustrated with events at the club and angry supporters called on Culverhouse to resign from his position in the dugout following the 5-0 drubbing at Stockport County on Tuesday night.
Lynn and their under-fire boss, who still appears to have the full backing of his chairman, will be hoping that their latest mini injury crisis subsides for the visit of the Shots.
They had four defenders unavailable in Kyle Callan-McFadden, Ross Barrows, Tyler Denton and Baris Altintop for the midweek trip to the north west.
But while the defensive frailties of last season have returned to haunt them in recent games, it is at the other end of the pitch where the club also have major issues.
Lynn – especially at home – are struggling for goals and also points. It's fair to say the only bright spot in a wretched campaign so far has been the form of skipper Michael Clunan.
They are still without a win in eight attempts and have only found the back of the net four times in front of their own supporters.
Forwards Malachi Linton and Gold Omotayo are both struggling for confidence.
Something has to change quickly or a long, difficult winter looms for the Linnets and their owner Stephen Cleeve.