Match preview: Bromley vs King’s Lynn Town

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Bromley will welcome King’s Lynn to Hayes Lane this afternoon, as The Ravens look to maintain their fantastic form which has seen them go on a ten game unbeaten run in the league.

The Last Game:

In Bromley’s last game, they snatched a late draw away to Stockport County with the game finishing 1-1 at Edgeley Park.

Scott Quigley opened the scoring for Stockport after just five minutes of the second-half played, after skipping past the Bromley back-line and slotting home to put his side one-goal ahead.

Deep into the game, Luke Coulson lofted a great pass into the box, and after some confusion from both sides in the box, Liam Hogan put the ball into his own net, equalising for The Ravens late on.

The Opposition:

King’s Lynn Town will be the opposition for Bromley this Saturday, with The Linnets coming to Hayes Lane in rotten form.

They currently sit 22nd in the National League, and without a win in six in the league, with their last triumph coming against Maidenhead, in what was a thrilling tie, where a late Brett McGavin goal secured victory for Ian Culverhouse’s side, but it has not been pretty since.

In their last game, King’s Lynn suffered a heavy defeat to Wrexham, losing 6-2 at home, despite opening the scoring after just 12 minutes through Michael Edward Clunan, but they couldn’t maintain the early lead.

Clunan also sits top of their goalscoring charts this season, netting three times, with McGavin, Ethan Coleman and Malachi Linton, their other goalscorer against Wrexham, sitting in second with two goals to their name.

The Linnet’s could move up to 20th if they can beat Bromley today.

The Opposite Manager:

Ian Culverhouse is currently in charge of King’s Lynn Town, and has been with The Linnet’s since 2018.

During his playing career, Culverhouse played the majority of his football at Norwich City, spending almost ten years at The Canaries, from 1985 until 1994, after joining from Tottenham.

After Norwich, Culverhouse played for Swindon, Kingstonian and Brighton & Hove Albion, before retiring in 2000.

Post retirement, Paul Lambert hired Culverhouse as his Assistant Manager, starting at Colchester, and then moving onto his former side, Norwich City, and then finishing his assistant managerial career at Aston Villa.

After taking a three-year break from football, he came back to manage King’s Lynn Town in 2017, and led The Linnet’s to a second place finish in the Southern League Premier Division, but he lost the play-off final, and subsequently left for Grantham Town in May 2018.

It proved to be a short career at Grantham, resigning just five months after appointment before rejoining King’s Lynn in November.

Culverhouse enjoyed promotion to the National League North for the 2019/20 season. His side were sitting in second that season before the season was suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19, and after the league settled on a points-per-game calculation, The Linnet’s earned promotion to the National League, with two games in hand on promotion rivals York City.

The Previous Meeting:

On a snowy day at Hayes Lane in February this year, Bromley ran out 2-0 winners in the previous meeting against King’s Lynn Town.

It was a relatively comfortable victory for The Raven’s, with Courtney Duffus opening the scoring near the end of the first period, after a great cross from Joe Kizzi, for what was Duffus’ first goal for Bromley.

Duffus doubled Bromley’s lead and his tally for The Ravens in the second-half, latching onto a pass from Liam Trotter and slotting home to confirm the three points for his side.

Written by Joshua Hardy.

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