St Ives preview

January 25, 2019

King's Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse wants a reaction from his players when his side travel to Westwood Road to take on St Ives in a Southern League Central Premier fixture.
Lynn's long, unbeaten run - all of 19 games - came to an abrupt end following a 3-0 defeat at Hitchin on Wednesday night.
“I’ve got every confidence in that group of players to come out and respond in the right way," admitted Culverhouse.
"We always knew that our run would come to an end at some point as this league doesn’t allow you to go unbeaten for a long period of time.
“I’m sure the players are hurting and will turn up at St Ives and be right at it. It’s not a nice place to go and we’ve got to make sure that we react in the right manner.
“St Ives will play forward quickly and get numbers around the ball and we will have to stand up to that and impose our own game on them."
Lynn's boss admitted he was disappointed with the manner of his side’s defeat against the Canaries.
“It was just the manner how we lost and the players are well aware of that," he said.
“There were too many players off the pace and we were beaten by the better side who wanted it more than us."
The Linnets hope to have both Frazer Blake-Tracy and Ryan Fryatt back and available for selection after injury and illness respectively.
Since their 2-0 defeat at The Walks in November, the Saints have enjoyed an impressive run of results on the pitch.
The Saints have have won six and drawn five of their last 13 games with victories over Kettering Town and Hitchin Town included in that run.
Managed by Ricky Marheineke, the Saints' only two losses since their trip to The Walks have been 1-0 reverses against Biggleswade and Hitchin in the return fixture at Top Field last month.
The Linnets have conceded three goals from restarts recently and will need to be switched on for the threat St Ives pose from set-pieces after defenders Ben Jackson and Charlie De’Ath were on target in the recent 2-1 win over the Canaries at Westwood Road.

Tonight, King's Lynn Town Reserves host A10 rivals Downham Town in a Thurlow Nunn League Division One North derby at the Walks (7.30pm).



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