Heggs challenge for Robinson

King's Lynn player/boss Carl Heggs yesterday urged top scorer Anthony Robinson to prove he is the Unibond Premier Division's best.


King's Lynn player/boss Carl Heggs yesterday urged top scorer Anthony Robinson to prove he is the Unibond Premier Division's best.

Robinson's brace in the midweek 3-0 win against Hucknall brought his tally to eight goals in just six league starts of a season blighted by suspension.

Heggs is convinced Robinson can take over Gareth Sheldon's mantle as the most feared hitman in the division following Sheldon's season-ending ankle injury.

“Awesome is the only word I can say,” said Heggs. “I had a chat in the office before the game on Tuesday and I told him, 'listen, you are going to be a target in this league for the sole reason that you are probably the best striker in this league. People will stand on your toes, pull your shirt, but don't react.'

“Robbo needs to rise above it, ignore them and the only way you can really do that and stick two fingers up to defenders is by scoring. When he plays like that he's a brilliant player to have in the team.”

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The Barbadian international's third ban of the new campaign commences on October 3 after his recent red card against Bradford Park Avenue. Heggs himself will serve a one match suspension following this weekend's re-arranged Nantwich home game but Lynn's player/boss revealed he is in talks with a Championship club over a potential striker loan move.

“We're quite hopeful on that one but it's a case of just waiting for his club to agree,” said Heggs. “We should also have a central midfielder signed and sealed as well from one of our seven day approaches. He's a very experienced player who has been in the Conference. I know King's Lynn was after him in previous seasons and the travel was an issue but he is a friend of mine and he'll give us that discipline in the middle of the park.

“Unfortunately we've had to re-submit the other seven day approach we made due to a technical problem but the bottom line is his club don't want to release him and are making it as difficult as possible.”

Heggs opened the scoring against Hucknall on his home debut but preferred to deflect praise onto his young defence.

“I was happier at keeping a first clean sheet of the season,” he said. “I must give a special mention to the keeper. He is a good stopper - make no mistake about that - and he pulled off one or two fantastic saves and it was the same story against Bradford. The two lads we've brought in recently have been superb as well and I really think they have helped bring Boycie (Andy Boycie) out of his shell a little bit more and you're starting to see how good he is.

“I shouldn't really have to play myself at 38, 39 but injuries dictated that situation. I've made a living out of being a nuisance up front, getting flick ons, earning fouls, backing in and nicking the odd goal and I managed to do that.”

Heggs insists back-to-back home wins have instilled new found belief in his troops.

“We're not getting carried away and saying we're going to do this or that,” he said. “I'm still learning, my players are learning but these results give us the confidence to believe in ourselves. Hucknall had a 15 minute spell in the second half and in previous weeks we would have crumbled and gone under. It just goes to show how far we've come.”

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