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Striker Gash has hunger to succeed

So much has changed during Michael Gash's football career but his hunger for the game hasn't going into Saturday's home clash against Bedworth United.

The current King's Lynn side is in a very different place from the one that kicked off the Southern League Central Premier Division season back in August.

But Gash, one of the elder statesmen in the current Linnets squad, still retains the same enthusiasm now as when he first burst onto the non-league scene at Cambridge City.

King’s Lynn Town striker Michael Gash in action against St Ives
King’s Lynn Town striker Michael Gash in action against St Ives

That same ambition and desire for football has gone nowhere, even now, into his early 30s, and his second season in a King's Lynn Town shirt, where has become an influential figure in the dressing room.

The same hunger that saw the frontman register 27 goals in all competitions back with the Lilywhites having failed to hold down a first-team spot at Cambridge United in 2006-07.

Perhaps the same hunger that saw him sold to Ebbsfleet United in August 2008 in a deal worth £20k plus a sell-on fee and the same hunger which won him a call-up to the England C squad in September 2010.

And, for anyone who doubted his move to The Walks last summer, it was the same hunger that saw him successfully return to the game after a serious cruciate ligament injury at Barnet.

Despite a few ups-and-downs during a prolific 15 years in the game, Gash is insistent that he is the same as ever.

Gash, who has found the back of the net five times so far this campaign, said: "I still feel like I still have it. If my game isn't going well I will do something to try to effect something.

"The hunger is always there and it will be there until after I stop playing.

"As long as my body can keep doing what my mind is saying then I will keep going until it doesn't."

It's a statement that will send shivers down the spines of defenders throughout the league as Gash looks to build on his brace of goals against Barwell last weekend.

"I wouldn't say we haven't created chances because we have," admitted the 32-year-old.

"We've missed a few throughout the team this season, including myself. Hopefully now I've got one or two they will keep coming like the buses.

"Like the Gaffer said when he came in, let's go on a run and see where we can go from there."

Michael Gash gave the Barwell defence a torrid afternoon. Picture: TIM SMITH (5556541)
Michael Gash gave the Barwell defence a torrid afternoon. Picture: TIM SMITH (5556541)

The Peterborough-based forward revealed that the return of Ian Culverhouse has given the playing squad a huge lift after an indifferent start to the season under Simon Clark.

"All of the lads enjoyed last season playing under Ian," said Gash.

"It wasn't a great start to this season, but things like that happen in football.

"Neil (Fryatt) and Backie (Robbie Back) came in and did a fantastic job. Everyone seemed to settle down a bit, started to enjoy it and we picked up a few points as well.

"As soon as Ian came back there has been a spring in the step of everyone. The new lads wanted to impress him because they want to get into the team and keep their shirts.

"Even the lads that were here last season we want to show him that we are still capable. Even though it was a bad start to the season, we feel as a team that we should be right up there."


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