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King's Lynn Town assistant boss not surprised by club's excellent start ahead of Darlington visit

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Paul Bastock insists he is not surprised by King’s Lynn Town’s “excellent” start to the season.

And paying tribute to the players’ “attitude and character”, the Linnets’ assistant boss believes there is still more to come.

Lynn are currently second in the Vanarama National League North after five wins – two of them away – one draw and a defeat.

Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock. Picture: Tim Smith. (14895244)
Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock. Picture: Tim Smith. (14895244)

They host former Football League outfit Darlington tomorrow where they will be hoping to maintain their 100 per cent winning start in front of their own fans.

Reflecting on Lynn’s incredible start, Bastock said: “Last year, I looked at this group of lads and footballing wise I knew that they were very special.

“I missed the Warrington game, but the character to grind out a win showed that we had the desire and mental side to deal with the physicality of this level.

“As long as we can continue to stand up to the physical side, which we are doing, then we will cause teams problems.”

“We’ve got a special bunch of boys. From Peds (Alex Street) to Gashy (Michael Gash), and you can go through the lot of them, they’ve all got their own unique attributes that they bring to this team.”

Bastock also paid tribute to manager Ian Culverhouse, saying: “I believe in the way Ian sets his teams out that we will cause a lot of problems this year,” said Bastock.

“He is without doubt the best manager that I’ve ever worked with.

“It’s the way he delivers everything, he’s so positive. He’s right all the time – the lads love him and rightly so.”

Darlington – managed by ex-Ipswich Town striker Alun Armstrong– have made a slow start to the season having been tipped for great things at the beginning of the campaign.

The Quakers could only pick up one point from their two games against Altrincham and Bradford Park at the weekend to leave them in 15th place in an already-congested league table.

The Linnets hope to have defender Chris Smith back for selection after missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury.

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