FOOTBALL: Furious King’s Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse delivered a stinging blast at the state of The Walks pitch after seeing his team drop two points at home to struggling St Ives Town on Boxing Day.

The muddy pitch nullified the Linnets’ expansive passing game and forced them to adjust.

Culverhouse said: “The state of our pitch is a real leveller. It’s shocking; a disgrace.

“The advantage you want when you play at home we haven’t got.

“You have to go direct and can’t ask the players to pass the ball and try to play on that.

“We have got to adapt to the pitch as we can’t do anything with it. The money wasn’t spent on it that should have been spent on it.

“You saw at the start of the season how we got the ball down and try and play.”

But, with some of their other title rivals also dropping unexpected points, the 1-1 draw left Lynn a point clear at the top of the Southern League table.

Simon Lappin opened the scoring for Lynn with a superb free-kick after 30 minutes, soon after he had hit the crossbar.

Minutes into the second half the visitors drew level through Danny Watson.

Tim Trebes pulled off a superb double save to keep his team level, denying Michael Gash and Michael Clunan.

Lynn nearly snatched the points in the dying minutes. Ryan Hawkins’ curling effort from the edge of the box cannoned of the woodwork. Leon Mettam nodded home the rebound but the strike was chalked off for offside.

Culverhouse acknowledged the visitors had got their game plan spot on and said: “Fair play to St Ives. They came here and got the point they deserved.

“A point’s all we got and that’s not what we wanted. St Ives came here with a plan and took the game to us.”

The Linnets had made a solid start to the hectic festive programme with a 1-0 win at Merthyr on Saturday, thanks to a fifth-minute goal from Gash.

Lynn have no game tomorrow but travel to second-placed Kettering Town on Monday.

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