One of the most eagerly anticipated seasons in years finally gets underway on Saturday when King’s Lynn Town kick off their 2017/18 Southern league campaign with the visit of Gosport Borough to The Walks (3pm)
Manager Ian Culverhouse has given his inherited squad a major summer overhaul with no less than nine new arrivals bringing a mix of experience and youth to the squad that has created a buzz not only around the club but the whole Town as well. Culverhouse’s only major injury worry is over new striker Craig Gilies who damaged a wrist in the friendly at Peterborough Sports.
Good news for Lynn though comes in the shape of the news that defender Ryan Fryatt WILL be available for selection on Saturday following his red card at Lowestoft Town last weekend. It appears that if any punishment for the offence is received ( and none has of yet) it will be served in next pre-season and not, as feared, at the weekend.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s encounter to www.kltown.co.uk club chairman Stephen Cleeve said he cannot wait to get the action underway
‘It would be a huge understatement to say that I’m hugely excited for the weekend to arrive.
I have had an extremely busy summer attracting new sponsors to the club which has been tiring but rewarding for me to see new local companies become sponsors of the club. In my opinion Ian has built a great squad which has, at times in pre season, played some tremendous football.
It’s that type of action I am looking forward to seeing over the next nine months. My appeal to all of our supporters is to tell everyone about the club and the wonderful facility we have here and above all please, please come and support us.
I remember the Alfreton FA Cup tie last season when we had almost 850 supporters in the ground. Despite losing that day the noise and support was incredible and if we can get more of the same this season I will be more than happy. I am confident we can all together look forward to some exciting and memorable times ahead’.
A healthy attendance is hoped for on Saturday and club media officer Mark Hearle has this message for supporters. ‘ I would advise everyone thinking of coming along on Saturday to please give themselves a little extra time and come along to the ground earlier than they usually do. Sometimes an extra 15 –20 minutes can make all the difference and avoid any stress or disappointment about possibly missing the start of the game. On–line sales of match day tickets are good so we are preparing for a busy afternoon’.
A minutes applause will be held prior to kick off to remember former club secretary and Sunday football administrator Des Stewart who passed away last week.
Tonight the reserves travel to play Norwich CBS in the Thurlow Nunn Division 1 (7:45 KO). Norwich play their games on the County FA ‘Field of Dreams ‘ site at Bowthorpe.