FC Halifax Town: Opposition focus

We spoke to Greg Plummer from Lynn News for the lowdown on FC Halifax Town’s upcoming opponents King’s Lynn.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 4:47 pm
Highly-rated King's Lynn midfielder Sonny Carey. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Highly-rated King's Lynn midfielder Sonny Carey. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

How are King’s Lynn doing at the moment?

After recording back-to-back home wins either side of April over Eastleigh and Altrincham respectively, the Linnets have suffered successive defeats against promotion-chasing Chesterfield and Stockport County.

What kind of shape do they come into the game in as a team?

Lynn have a habit of tinkering with their formations. They could start with a flat back four or may go with a diamond, but they will try to play football whatever they decide to start with.

Up until the midweek defeat at Stockport – and with the win over Dover now expunged from records – Lynn have won 27 points.

That’s 10 points in the first third, eight in the second and nine in the third ,with the latter quite incredible considering they only have three players remaining from the squad that started the first game on the campaign against Yeovil.

What can Halifax expect to come up against on Saturday, what’s their style of play?

Lynn will try to play football out from the back. Manager Ian Culverhouse has instilled a patient possession game into the Linnets and this style of football bagged them back-to-back promotions to clinch them a place in the National League for the first time in their history.

Who will be your dangerman, and why?

Sonny Carey - a young and creative midfielder who is destined for bigger and better things. The 20-year-old is attracting interest from lots of Football League clubs, as well as both Bournemouth and Swansea in the Championship.

Biggest strengths/weaknesses as a team?

Their character. Despite putting together a mix-and-match side over the last few weeks, Lynn have produced some of their best football of the season, especially against the higher-placed sides.

What will they hope to get out of the rest of the season?

Financial survival is their only aim with no relegation on the agenda. A string of first team squad members are injured and there are a number of injuries.

Just to put Lynn’s recent woes into perspective, they’ve used no fewer than 35 players already this campaign.

The club allowed joint leading scorers Adam Marriott and Kairo Mitchell in the space of 24 hours last weekend, with the latter putting pen-to-paper for Chesterfield for a substantial fee.

Injuries/suspensions?

Lots of injuries, the most noteworthy being defenders Aaron Jones and Rory McAuley along with former FA Halifax favourite Cameron King also a doubt after missing the midweek defeat at Stockport.

Likely line up and formation?

4-4-2, 4-1-4-1 or 3-5-2

Likely line-up (from): Richardson, Callan-McFadden, Clunan, Gash, Gyasi, Carey, Denton, Babos, Coleman, Baggott, Howard. Possible subs: Jackson, Kiwomya, Payne, Fleming and Bastock.