FOOTBALL: Proud Linnets manager Ian Culverhouse heaped praise on his players after seeing his team bring a long season to an end with some silverware.
Goals in each half from Michael Clunan and Ryan Fryatt saw King’s Lynn Town beat Fakenham Town 2-0 to lift the Norfolk Senior Cup at Carrow Road.
“I’m pleased for them,” said Culverhouse. “I’m glad we’ve got something to show after a long and hard season.
“It seems like the longest season ever, standing here on May 22.
“Having a four-week break between the end of the league season and now has been tough.
“You could see tonight that we was nervous and edgy when we had the ball, but we got there in the end.”
Lynn were huge favourites but were given a hard time by their near-neighbours.
The Linnets started on the front foot and had the opening chance after 10 minutes.
A raking cross from Ryan Hawkins was met by the head of Sam Warburton but Tommy Rix in the Fakenham goal got down well to block.
Lynn took the lead in the 20th minute after a long clearance from Ryan Fryatt was latched on to by Ryan Hawkins, who was then brought down by Rix.
That resulted in a penalty, coolly dispatched by skipper Clunan.
Rix prevented Warburton from doubling Lynn’s tally, making a good save with his feet.
Just before the break Fryatt had a glorious chance when he found himself unmarked at the back post but could only stab his effort wide.
But Fryatt made amends midway through the second half when he powered home a header from Warburton’s corner.
Lynn held on for victory to give Culverhouse his first piece of silverware as Lynn manager.
“Fakenham were excellent, they gave us a really good show,” said Culverhouse, who is already looking ahead.
“It’s going to be nice to go away and have a good summer and have a break.
“It’s now my job to go out and talk to players and give it a real good go next season.”
Local lad Fryatt marked his return from injury with the all important second goal.
“It’s a great feeling to win,” he said.
“It’s such a pleasure to play at this lovely stadium and in front of this great crowd and to get the win.
“It’s always good to be back playing. Nobody likes being injured and I think I’ve missed half of the season.
“I feel fit and now it’s time to look after myself through the summer, come back in
pre-season and hit the ground running.
“I love playing my football and I love playing for my home town.
“It’s been horrible sitting in the stands knowing that I can’t be on the pitch and do something to help the boys out.
“Everybody wants promotion next year, at least play-offs.
“We will see what happens in the summer, see what happens in pre-season, but I’m raring to go.”