Heggs: Time to deliver
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs insists beating big-spending Bradford Park Avenue today at The Walks can kick start the club's Unibond Premier Division season.
King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs insists beating big-spending Bradford Park Avenue today at The Walks can kick start the club's Unibond Premier Division season. (3pm)
Heggs is confident a long overdue home win for his side could be a launchpad against another highly-fancied team who have flattered to deceive during the opening weeks of the campaign.
“We've had them watched and they are a very solid, well organised side who play at a high tempo but a bit like King's Lynn they've stuttered,” he said. “They'll feel they've lost games they should have won but this is a good test for us. We must start winning games or I'm sacked - that is the top and bottom of it - and this sort of game can kick start our season.
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“I want to win every match. I don't see home or away any differently but, of course, you want to put on a performance for the fans. We've brought in a lot of young boys who I wouldn't say are scared of playing at home but it's a big hurdle to get over. With older heads they treat it as just another game instead of getting bogged down a little.”
Heggs drew a blank in attempts to add some invaluable experience to his squad this week but Leicester City's on loan teenage defender Lathanial Rowe-Turner and Rushden youngster Bobby Aisien are poised for home debuts.
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Conference Premier Mansfield striker Jason Bradley will also partner the returning Anthony Robinson in attack - subject to club officials completing the paperwork on Bradley's three month loan move from the Stags.
“Big Jason came and trained the other night and he looks a real handful,” said Heggs. “Robbo will come straight back in and he is another player who is fearless and can nick us a goal. I've told the lads this is going to be my squad now from here on in with maybe two or three more additions. It's just a shame I haven't got the experienced lads I wanted for this weekend.”
Heggs held talks with the club's hierarchy after Tuesday's league defeat at Buxton to finance his latest squad makeover.
“I've got nothing but admiration for the chairman, Michael Chinn and the board because they have actually said to me go and get some experience,” he said. “They have backed me and given me some money to go and get some experience and that is what I'm going to do.
“The single biggest mistake I made since getting the job was going for young, inexperienced, lads but I did that because they come at a cheaper cost. The budget was nowhere near as big as last year and senior players want big money. Of the three I did bring in, two have picked up long term injuries in Jason White and Gareth Sheldon and unfortunately Craig McAughtrie didn't perform the way I would have liked - even though he can still go to Eastwood who are top five in the league above.
“I didn't give �10,000 back to the chairman and say, 'here, I don't need that.' I've had to work within a budget and that meant bringing in young lads who just want to play.”
Heggs admitted Lynn's injury curse has hit his threadbare squad hard.
“They don't help,” he said. “Look at how young my defence is and then the most experienced player left at the back in Liam Murray breaks his collarbone. Those injuries we've picked up have snookered us but the nucleus of a good side is there. We just need two or three to top it off who can drive the team forward.
“With a bit of luck along the way I think we'd have got something from every game apart from Stocksbridge when we threw it in half time. It's still early days and there is a long, long way to go. We had to address two problems - one goal from midfield and not enough experience - and we'll do that but I still believe we deserve to be in a better position than we are. If I'd Shelly and Robbo available we wouldn't have lost the last two games. I know that for a fact because we would have had a real goal threat.”
King's Lynn (from): Gay, Magunda, Spencer, Aisien, Rowe-Turner, Boyce, Smedley, Webb, Smith, Story, Lloyd, Beswick, Bradley, Robinson, McAnally, Martin, Heggs, Davey.
Visit edp24.co.uk/sport for goal updates from today's game followed by Lynn boss Carl Heggs' post-match video reaction