Linnets look to claw back ground in prom

PUBLISHED: 06:45 10 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:09 14 September 2010

King's Lynn bid to blow away the cobwebs in today's Southern League, Premier Division test against Northwood at The Walks.

King's Lynn bid to blow away the cobwebs in today's Southern League, Premier Division test against Northwood at The Walks.

Lynn's promotion push has stalled during the past fortnight due to a triple whammy of postponements, but Linnets' chief Keith Webb is not looking for excuses.

"I'm not going to get on my soapbox and start moaning about the situation," he said. "I want us to look at in a positive way. The fact is we've got a job to do and when we do get success it'll be all the more sweeter.

"A lot of people might be saying how hard it's going to be now. I don't want to hear that - I don't want it around me because it can get to the players.

"They've been told what the situation is. We have to get on with it and not worry about what we've got to do. Taking each game as it comes is even more important now."

Webb admits clearing today's first hurdle is far from a formality.

"Northwood are fighting for their status," he said. "This will be a really difficult one. They've got a young team and I know they'll be up for the battle. I'm under no illusions.

"It will be like a cup final and we've got 16 of those left. These are the games people should want to play in. If they can't handle the pressure that comes with it then they shouldn't be in the game. We've had two training sessions this week and it was very intense, positive stuff.

"I'm confident of a performance. We've got two home games coming up that can hopefully kick start the team and get us going again."

Defender Lewis Blois (groin) and Matt O'Halloran (hamstring) are ruled out. But captain Mark Warren (toe) is fighting fit and keeper Shaun Marshall (ankle) is poised to continue his comeback with a reserve outing.

"Wazza has trained well and is firing on all cylinders," said Webb.

"Lewis will be another week or so. He's felt a sharp pain in his groin that is probably not helped by his work commitments as a football coach.

"Matty has worked hard in training this week but he'll be another ten days. I think he'll come back in better shape than before."

Webb and his backroom staff will work overtime to plot a safe passage through Lynn's promotion run-in.

"Obviously I'll sit down with Shaun (Carey) and Nick (Perks, physio) to look at ways we can help the players recover. It's about managing the squad and maybe moving two or three out from game to game."

Danny Bloomfield's arrival has boosted Webb's attacking options.

"That is an area I'll look to change more frequently because of the work rate those lads produce," he said.

"Danny gives us another option up front, but he will have to earn his place."

King's Lynn (from): Crichton, West, C Defty, Warren, Crane, Fisk, Notman, McMahon, Camm, Nolan, Frew, J Defty, Bloomfield, Melton, Gaughran, McAnally, Fell.

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