Kendal Town 0, King's Lynn 1
Carl Heggs revealed the potential price of success after watching his young side wreck title-chasing Kendal’s unbeaten Unibond Premier Division home record. Owen Story climbed off his sick bed to glance home a close range header on 57 minutes from Peterborough loanee Kwesi Appiah’s cut back.
Carl Heggs revealed the potential price of success after watching his young side wreck title-chasing Kendal's unbeaten Unibond Premier Division home record.
The suspended Linnets' player/boss expended nearly as much energy from his Main Stand eyrie as his team which contained seven players aged 20 or under.
Owen Story climbed off his sick bed to glance home a close range header on 57 minutes from Peterborough loanee Kwesi Appiah's cut back.
A third league win in four moved Heggs' side into the play-off spots - but the Lynn chief admitted that recent upturn had not gone unnoticed higher up the football pyramid.
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“I know the clubs and I know the people who have been watching our games and we've had Football League and Conference Premier sides at our last three or four,” he said. “Even here at this game there was three clubs I recognised. That is a fact of life for teams at our level. The money just isn't in the game now. There's a recession on so the bigger clubs can't go out and throw �100,000 here or there on a gamble that might come off. They are looking further down the leagues.
“That is the way football is but it also allows me to go and pick up lads who have not quite made it at Football League academies, give them a chance to build up their confidence and push them back up the pyramid. No-one will get my best young players on the cheap though. If we have to sell one or two we will do but I can then go out and find more good young players. I've proved it at my previous club and I'll do the same here.”
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Danny Gay's fine one-handed save to deny Kieran Walmsley before the break was Lynn's closest shave for a visiting outfit decimated by injuries and suspensions.
“I've said it before but it's true, we have a lot of talented young boys who are inconsistent,” said Heggs. “Against Nantwich the previous week they made mistakes and unfortunately those will happen at our club but they are promising players and they are learning. I was so proud to see a good young side go out and represent King's Lynn at a tough, tough place where they hadn't been beaten all season.
“To be fair, we had the better chances. I know Danny made a great save first half but if Kwesi puts that one away near the end then its game over. We had to withstand some late pressure and you expect that but I never felt we looked like conceding. We had three or four 19 year olds and the same number again of 20 year olds. We're the youngest squad in the league but what an exciting future if we can keep those types of players here.”
Heggs added the almost obligatory injury footnote to arguably the best win of his campaign to date. Mansfield loan striker Jason Bradley will not return to The Walks in the short term after MRI scans confirmed he needs ankle surgery. The fresh injury blow comes after Heggs revealed on the eve of Lynn's trip north defender Liam Murray must also undergo surgery on his broken collarbone.
“Mansfield have contacted us and the news is not great,” said Heggs. “The scan results have shown a small ligament tear in his ankle. He'll be out until after Christmas now so that is it as far as our three month loan deal is concerned. We'll just get on with it. It's not like we haven't had to deal with injuries already this season.”
Club officials expect to complete the signing of Farsley Celtic wide man Ben Muirhead before Tuesday's league trip to Frickley while Heggs is also in talks with Conference Premier Crawley over a potential loan signing this week.
t Kendal: Newnes, Walmsley, Melling, Hallam, Standley (Mulvaney 76), Warburton, Foster (Osman 53), Salmon, Taylor, Beattie, Wisdom. Subs (not used): Jacobs, Redhead, Wane.
Bookings: Walmsley, Melling
t King's Lynn: Gay, Aisien, Rowe-Turner, Palmer, Boyce, Webb, Smedley (Story 37), Magunda, Appiah (Smith 85), Spencer, Beswick. Subs (not used): Rose, McAnally.
Bookings: Boyce, Magunda, Spencer
Goal: Story (57)
t Stoppage time: 2 mins / 4 mins
t Referee: J Corkhill (Cumbria)
t Attendance: 227
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