Webb issues challenge to shot-shy side

PUBLISHED: 10:20 27 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:01 14 September 2010

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb wants a 'shoot on sight' policy in today's Southern League, Premier Division home clash with Yate.

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb wants a 'shoot on sight' policy in today's Southern League, Premier Division home clash with Yate.

The Linnets' chief was in advanced talks yesterday with a Conference National hit man and a former Championship striker to pep up Lynn's promotion push.

Webb is backing his shot-shy attack to fire ahead of the impending arrivals after three blanks in their last four league outings at The Walks.

"Let's be positive," he said. "It's not just about the front lads when it comes to scoring but the strikers showed what they're capable of during the early part of this season. Michael (Frew) scored at Team Bath last week and that might be the start of a nice run. We're creating plenty of chances, good chances. As a manager it's frustrating to see us do that and not take them. Then we concede sloppy goals at the other end which makes it even more annoying."

Webb wants no repeat of the drab goal less home draw against Clevedon last time out.

"I expect they'll be another team who will come and make it hard for us," he said. "We need to stay patient and keep passing the thing. The lads need to be strong mentally. If the early goal doesn't come we can't afford to start thinking, 'here we go again, its another one of those afternoons'. We must stay calm, and it's my job as manager to make sure we do. You see it at the top level all the time. Something will drop in your favour, confidence picks up and everything starts to turn."

Alex Notman (hamstring) returns to the squad after missing last week's stoppage time defeat at Team Bath. Matt O'Halloran (tight hamstring) is also fit after limping off in the second period at Twerton Park. Greg Crane partners Mark Warren at centre back with Grant Cooper suspended. Duncan McAnally will provide back up to first choice keeper Shaun Marshall.

Triallist Lawrance Hunter is unavailable. Charlie Defty and Stephen Harvey are on reserve duty as Webb resists the temptation to draft in any of the young brigade who dumped Corby out of the league cup in midweek.

The Linnets' chief admitted Sam Gaughran - currently interesting Coca Cola League Two Peterborough United - heads the queue of emerging talent.

"Sam will be pushing very hard over the coming weeks," said Webb. "I'm aware of the Peterborough link but until the chairman tells me differently nothing has changed regarding that situation. I wouldn't stand in the way of any player who has a chance to go on and make it in the professional game.

"I've got a lovely problem because we're strong in that area of the pitch. Craney has been excellent and Coops knows what's its all about alongside Mark Warren.

"I'm not looking to make too many changes because I was more than happy with the first half at Team Bath - we just need to do that for the full game. Alex trained midweek and he's fine so he comes back into my thoughts."

Yate boss Richard Thompson and his assistant Lee Barlass are set to start on the bench for the depleted visitors. Steve Jenkins, Paul Chenoweth and Lee Jefferies are suspended while Jason Wood and Mark Summers are major injury doubts.

Thompson has persuaded ex-Bristol City and Sunderland midfielder Gary Owers to make the trip while Justin Pritchard is poised for his first start since re-joining from Bath.

"Playing King's Lynn away is hard enough with a full team," said Thompson.

"To do it without five first-team regulars is going to be a big ask. We're going to have to pull together and dig in."

King's Lynn (from): Marshall, McAnally, West, Blois, Cave-Brown, Warren, Crane, Fisk, Camm, Melton, O'Halloran, Defty, Notman, Nolan, Frew, Toms.

Ex-Lynn boss Gary Mills re-joined Conference National strugglers Tamworth yesterday after quitting his post at Nationwide North Alfreton.

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