Don’t throw it away now - Webb

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is braced for the "biggest game of the season" against rock bottom Cheshunt in today's Southern League, Premier Division clash at The Walks.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is braced for the "biggest game of the season" against rock bottom Cheshunt in today's Southern League, Premier Division clash at The Walks.

Webb insists failure to beat the relegated Ambers is not an option ahead of a potential title showdown against Team Bath next week.

"That's what I'm emphasising to the players," he said. "All the hard work, all the ups and downs this season have got us into this position and we don't want to throw it away now.

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"Team Bath takes care of itself. Cheshunt will come here and it could go two ways. They might be relaxed, enjoy playing at The Walks and fancy putting a spoke in our push. No team wants to finish bottom either so the manager and players will have their own pride.

"They won at Merthyr last week and gave us a tough game on Boxing Day. I remember they had one or two decent players who caused us problems."

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Cambridge United loan recruit Gavin Hoyte (hamstring) is ruled out but Webb is confident the powerful centre back will return to face the Students.

Tamworth loanee Rikki Bains is set to partner Greg Crane with Dean West retaining his place at full back after featuring in Monday's win at Bedford.

Charlie Defty is drafted into the squad with Ben Chapman (ribs) facing a late fitness test. Mark Camm (calf) returns after sitting out Lynn's Bank Holiday double header. Webb admitted he also has a goalkeeping dilemma with first choice Scott Howie suspended for Team Bath's visit.

"I wouldn't like to put Rob Murray in a situation where he hasn't had any match practice," said Webb.

"That is something I have to seriously think about regarding Team Bath but by the same token we can't lose sight of the fact we have a job to do against Cheshunt.

"Cammy is fit but Andrew Fisk has done well so that is another tough decision. I don't think Gavin's injury is too serious. Hopefully he will be in contention for next week.

"The amount of games at this time of year starts to come home now in terms of niggly injuries. Fortunately we have a squad capable of dealing with that. Even so at this stage you want to be able to put out your big players - the experienced lads."

Webb confirmed club captain Mark Warren is still a fortnight away from being available for the title run-in after recent cartlidge knee surgery.

Leaders Halesowen visit relegation-haunted Corby today while second placed Team Bath entertain mid-table Banbury.

Webb is only interested in another dominant display on home turf to stay firmly in the title hunt after crushing Cirencester and Yate in recent weeks.

"We're not doing anything different," he said. "The goals are just flowing now, where before they didn't seem to be dropping. Results breed confidence. People are getting in positions where they can have goal scoring opportunities and more often than not we are taking those."

King's Lynn (from): Howie, Bains, Chapman, West, C Defty, Crane, Fisk, Camm, Turner, Bloomfield, Sedgemore, J Defty, Frew, Nolan, Francis, Melton, Murray.

Lynn club officials confirmed children aged 15 and under will be admitted to the game this afternoon for £1 when accompanied by a full paying adult.

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