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Match details: Torquay United versus King’s Lynn Town
Venue: Plainmoor, Torquay
Date: Saturday 23rd October 2021
Current Form (last six):
Torquay: D, W, L, L, D, L
King’s Lynn: W, D, W, L, L, W
Torquay: Armani Little (5)
King’s Lynn: Brett McGavin, Michael Clunan, Ethan Coleman (2 each)
Head to Head:
King’s Lynn: 0
King’s Lynn fact file:
Year founded: 2010
Nickname: The Linnets
Last season’s league finish: 21st in the National League
National League North winners: 2019-20
Manager: Ian Culverhouse
King’s Lynn boss Ian Culverhouse is probably best known for his spell as Norwich City right-back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During this time, he helped the Canaries to finish third in the Premier League in the 1992-93 season under Mike Walker. He was also part of the Norwich side that famously knocked Bayern Munich out of the UEFA Cup in the following 1993-94 campaign.
After serving as assistant manager to Paul Lambert at Colchester United, Norwich and Aston Villa, Culverhouse took charge of the Linnets for the first time in 2018 before a brief spell with Grantham Town. He then returned to the Walks and led King’s Lynn to promotion from the Southern League Central Premier in the 2018-19 season, via victory in the super play-off, which was followed by their National League North title triumph in the 2019-20 campaign after the outcome of the league was decided by PPG (points per game).
Player to watch: Kyle Callan-McFadden
An FA Youth Cup winner with Norwich City in 2013, Kyle Callan-McFadden was released by the Canaries at the end of the 2014-15 season. He then headed stateside to join Orlando City B in October 2015 before returning back across the Atlantic to sign for League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers over a year later. Callan-McFadden then remained with Sligo until the end of the 2020 League of Ireland campaign when he returned to England to sign for King’s Lynn. He has also represented the Republic of Ireland at Youth and Under-21 level and was voted as the FAI’s Under-16 Player of the Year in 2011.
Date of Birth: 20th April, 1995 – 26 Years Old
Birthplace: Ramelton (Ireland)
Former Clubs: Norwich, Orlando City B, Sligo Rovers
National League Stats 21-22: Played 9, Goals 0, Yellow/Red Cards 4/0
King’s Lynn Town: None
Last meeting: Torquay United 1 – 0 King’s Lynn Town, Saturday 20th March, 2021
GOALS: TUFC – Boden (46)
Torquay (4-4-1-1): Covolan; Wynter, Sherring, Lewis, Law; Randell, Lemonheigh-Evans, Hall, Andrews; Little (Buse 90); Boden, (Umerah 77)
King’s Lynn (3-5-2): Richardson; Callan-McFadden, Smith, Richards, (Jackson 72); Fleming, Clunan, Denton, Carey, Payne (Davies 72); Mitchell, Gyasi (Gash 58)
Torquay United got their stuttering National League title bid back on track as they ended a run of three league games without a win against King’s Lynn Town.
Chesterfield loanee Scott Boden made it two goals in two games less than 60 seconds into the second half, which proved to be enough to seal United’s first home win since Boxing Day.
Torquay United (4-2-3-1):
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Harry Perritt – Dean Moxey
Armani Little – Jake Andrews
Klaidi Lolos – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Chiori Johnson
King’s Lynn Town (3-5-2):
Luis Fernandez – Kyle Callan-McFadden – Daniel Bowry
Ross Barrows – Aaron Jones – Ethan Coleman – Michael Clunan – Joe Rowley
Gold Omotayo – Malachi Linton
TT Pre-Match Talking Points:
Will Gary rally the boys after the dreadful defeat to Havant midweek?
How will Perritt and Sinclair fair since in their first appearance in yellow?
Will Jake Andrews get another start?