King's Lynn Town manager has trust in his players going into National League North season
King’s Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse says he has every faith in his players as they embark on a new adventure in the National League North.
The Linnets – Super Play-off winners last season – mark their long-awaited return to Step Two football with a trip to Guiseley tomorrow.
And Culverhouse, who has been involved at many levels of the game as a player and coach, is relishing the task at hand.
Looking ahead to life at a new level, the former Norwich City assistant said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a hell of a test, it really is, but all we can do is be competitive.
“If we can be competitive in every game we go into, then we might surprise one or two teams with the way we play. It’s all about creating and taking our chances when they come.
“We’re going to get one or two knocks along the road so we’ve got to stick together, that’s the fans as well, and we’ll give it a real good go.
“It’s going to be a real big ask, but I’ve got a dressing room in there who I’m really confident in and I trust them.”
Culverhouse revealed that he already knew his starting XI for the club’s opening fixture in Yorkshire a fortnight ago.
Following the 3-3 against Charlton Athletic under-23s on Tuesday night, the Lynn chief said: “I know my team.
“I’ve had an idea for a while, for a couple of weeks now. The main thing now is with the end of the pre-season games that I am still able to pick that side.
“There’s no injuries. Everyone is up and around the minutes I wanted them to have, which is important.”
Although Guiseley avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, Culverhouse is well aware that they will provide his players with a tough opening-day test.
“They are good at home,” he said.
“Stockport, who went up last year, didn’t beat them in the two games that they played against them.
“I’ve seen some clips of them and Stockport drew there last week in a pre-season game.
“I listened to the Stockport manager afterwards, who said that he wanted to play Guiseley as he knew it would be a very physical test.
“We know what we are going to get and we’ve got to be ready and prepared to stand up to it.”
Ambitious Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve is also excited by the prospect of a new journey for everyone involved with the club.
Cleeve said: “I’m looking forward to an exciting and competitive season of football, hosting and visiting some of the big names in non-league football.
“I think we are in a good place with the squad, which is in extremely good hands under the guidance of Ian (Culverhouse) and Paul (Bastock).
“The supporters have a massive and important part to play in the months ahead. I’d urge our regulars and our not so regular fans to get behind the club, Ian and the boys and be together every step of the way.”
The club’s head of media Mark Hearle added: “The league looks even tougher than before with a real smattering of ex-Football League clubs and everyone needs to be realistic about the season.
“For me a mid-table finish would be a tremendous achievement and a feather in the cap of everyone concerned.”