Patched up Weaver ready to battle on
PUBLISHED: 10:48 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 10 September 2010
King's Lynn's warrior Simon Weaver insisted yesterday he is more than happy to spill blood for the club's Blue Square North cause. Weaver has declared himself fit and available for this weekend's latest home test against Droylsden after suffering a gashed forehead in the midweek Redditch draw.
King's Lynn's warrior Simon Weaver insisted yesterday he is more than happy to spill blood for the club's Blue Square North cause.
Weaver has declared himself fit and available for this weekend's latest home test against Droylsden after suffering a gashed forehead in the midweek Redditch draw.
The ex-Boston United defender bravely played on for 30 minutes following the sickening mid-air collision with Redditch's Owen Story.
Weaver needed running repairs to a deep cut above his right eye but was forced to make way for Charlie Defty after the heavily bandaged cut opened again prior to half time.
"It was spurting blood everywhere," he said. "I remember going in for a tackle and the bandage just slid off. It's sore now and I'm walking about with a dollop of vaseline on my forehead but I will definitely be available for Saturday. I might have to wear a protective plaster but I don't need stitches.
"On the night they didn't have any stitches or glue at the ground. I think one of the paramedics got someone from A & E to pop down with some glue and they stuck the cut together with that, but unfortunately I had to go off.
"It's one of those as a defender you know you have to make a challenge. The ball looped up over Rhino and I could see their lad going for it. It was between the three of us so you just automatically react in those situations."
Weaver could only watch as Redditch skipper Lee Downes' thunderbolt pegged Lynn back for the second time in four days.
"We know its two games we perhaps should have won," said Weaver. "To concede twice after taking the lead is hard to take. We were playing some great stuff and when we went one up I thought if we are ruthless here with the amount of chances we are creating we would go on and win.
"The lad has struck a shot that he probably won't ever do again in his career. He was a million miles out. Scott (Howie) said afterwards it just swerved a couple of yards in the air.
"It's early days yet but for me there is plenty to build on. We've got a lot of flair and speed up top.
"We just need to be solid as a back six really to give those lads a platform to express themselves. There's some exciting youngsters here and it's up to the older, experienced boys to help them along."
Weaver admits he is loving life at The Walks operating in a more unfamiliar right back role after his summer switch from neighbours Boston United.
"The majority of my career has been at centre half," he said. "I played a few games in the league for Kidderminster but I'm enjoying myself. I scored at Burscough which probably helps but I'm getting a lot more of the ball at my feet than I have for a while.
"The gaffer has put me in at right back and if I can prove myself in that position it can only bode well. You need to have a squad that can come in and play in different positions.
"Charlie can play anywhere along the back four. Andrew Fisk was left out the other night but he had done well in pre-season. I think as long as you give 100pc it doesn't matter where you play.
"The last thing the manager wants is moaners not happy at being played out of position. I can honestly say this is the most excited I've been joining a new team in years.
"The potential here is huge. It looks like it could be a tight league but we can get ourselves in the mix."
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