Taylor prepares to avoid Bath slip-up

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:13 14 September 2010

King's Lynn boss Tommy Taylor is wary of slipping on a potential Southern League, Premier Division banana skin at Team Bath this afternoon.

King's Lynn boss Tommy Taylor is wary of slipping on a potential Southern League, Premier Division banana skin at Team Bath this afternoon.

Lynn travel to Twerton Park looking to inflict a seventh straight home defeat on the University of Bath side.

The students, however, also have the distinction of being the only club this season to beat runaway leaders Salisbury on their own patch.

"It's up to us to start well, be strong, and get them thinking 'here we go again' at home," said Taylor. "Right now we need three points just to stay where we are in the table. Everybody is looking at everybody else each week.

"When we play Chippenham on Tuesday night the other sides will be rubbing their hands with glee hoping for a draw. We can only worry about ourselves and if we get two positive results in the next few days we'll be in good shape."

The play-off chasers have smashed 13 goals past the students in three previous meetings, but Taylor is not interested in recent history.

"You can forget about us underestimating them," he said. "Maybe one or two heads might go down if we get our noses in front. It can also work the other way - their manager might use that to fire them up. I know we will be tuned in and ready to go when we get to the ground."

Jack Defty is set to return after his one-game ban to partner Matt Nolan in attack following his midweek hat-trick in the Haverhill friendly. New boy Lee Charles will start on the bench, with Matt O'Halloran reverting to a more familiar midfield role.

"Lee doesn't know any of the boys and he hasn't seen us play, so it makes sense to leave him out," said Taylor. "For me he's a centre-forward who can lead the line for us. I'm hoping he can use his experience to influence one or two tight games between now and the end of the season.

"Jack smashed a few in and that will do his confidence no harm. He linked up well with Matt Nolan, who was excellent again on Tuesday.

"We had a chat before the game and he just loves to play football. The lad has a great attitude and we talked about how he sees his role in the side, how he wants to play. What he had to say was fine by me."

Cedric Anselin is back in contention after missing last weekend's win against Yate with flu. Defenders Dean West (head) and Grant Cooper (hand) both play with minor knocks.

Taylor revealed yesterday the club made a tentative approach to Ridgeons Premier neighbours Wisbech to take former player Robbie Harris on loan.

"We did make an inquiry prior to bringing in Lee Charles," said Taylor.

"Robbie is a local lad and it was with a view to giving us some cover up front if we needed it. He's under contract at Wisbech so that is as far as it went."

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