King's Lynn talisman helping the team all over the pitch in the National League
Michael Gash has given plenty of central defenders headaches during a distinguished career on the pitch.
Whether it’s holding the ball up or getting himself on the the end of a cross, there a few players better at it in the National League.
But it’s the striker’s aerial ability in both boxes that makes him such a key figure in the current King’s Lynn Town squad and Lynn are getting the best out of the 34-year-old in all departments.
As the Linnets prepare to host Altrincham at The Walks on Easter Monday, Gash is bracing himself for a more prolonged shift helping out at the back.
Gash was called upon to help Lynn’s over-stretched defence for the final 15 minutes of the 2-1 victory over Eastleigh at The Walks, but it’s a role he is happy to take on.
Injuries and furloughed players have hit Lynn severely in recent weeks, especially at the back, and Gash admitted: “I heard the ref say there was about 10 minutes left,” he said.
“We had a goal kick and I heard the gaffer say, “Gashy, stay back there” and I thought ‘10 minutes back here!’
I knew what they were going to do, they were going to start lumping it and I was waiting for it really because I knew that they were probably going to send up their big centre half anyway at some point.
“It was one of them – you have got to do what you can do to help the team out. I knew that the gaffer would put me back in there as well but he just said to from then.
"He put Macca (Kyle Callan-McFadden) and Tai (Fleming) next to me. Macca is loud, helping me, screaming and screaming and when the big lad came up he was just like, ‘I’ll just try and get hold of him and block him, you go win it’ and it worked quite well.
“Everybody knows I don’t mind a battle. When I went back there and the big lad came up I’m confident that they are not going to try playing to his feet or anything, they are going to hang it up there for him to try and win and I will hedge my bets against anyone in the air, so it was one of them
The Lynn talisman remains determined as ever to help the team as much as he can in such difficult times – even if does mean finishing his career at the opposite end of the pitch.
When Dion Dublin played for Lynn in the 1ate 1980s he arrived at The Walks as a centre half before going on to make his name in the game as a striker.
Gash, who has terrorised defences for years, could potentially do the opposite by ending his nomadic career as a defender.
“It is much harder once you go back there and you realise you have got to squeeze up, you have got to read the play and this, that and the other and there are a lot of things going on, but as long as you are switched on and you make sure that you are listening.
“I’ve been in the game long enough to have my wits about me but like I say, I will go in and I will play anywhere on the pitch."
An enforced turnover of players has seen King’s Lynn Town team sheet take on a completely different look in recent weeks, but Gash admitted the dressing room remains a strong unit.
“We might be getting new players in but the team spirit is no different,” he said.
“The group in the changing room is so tight, it’s about keeping it like that. Everyone is in it together, whether you’ve been at the club a week or three or four years.
“There’s no clicks in the dressing room and it’s nice to see some of the lads who are furloughed still come to watch.”
Meanwhile, the Linnets’ National League clash against top-seven hopefuls FC Halifax Town has been selected as a televised game for BT Sport. The game at the Shay Stadium on Saturday, April 17, will have a lunchtime kick-off.