King's Lynn move to solve injury crisis

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn Town have signed Wisbech centre back Stuart Ablett to soften a double defensive injury blow for the UCL title challengers.Both Martin McNeil (ankle) and Brady Stone (foot) are ruled out of tomorrow's latest home test against Daventry United after picking up injuries in the FA Vase win at Dereham.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn Town have signed Wisbech centre back Stuart Ablett to soften a double defensive injury blow for the UCL title challengers.

Both Martin McNeil (ankle) and Brady Stone (foot) are ruled out of tomorrow's latest home test against Daventry United after picking up injuries in the FA Vase win at Dereham.

Stone is awaiting the results of hospital scans on a possible stress fracture whilst McNeil could miss the next month with ankle ligament damage. Ablett trained with his new team mates in midweek and joint boss Kevin Boon insists the former Fenman could be handed an instant debut at The Walks.


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“If we decide to throw him in we would have no fears he could do a job,” said Boon. “He was coming through at Wisbech as a youngster when I was there with Dick Creasey and Setch (Gary Setchell) also rates him very highly after giving him his chance. It's something that has been in the background for a few weeks but with our injuries we just felt the time was right to add him to the mix and keep the momentum going.

“McNeil is out for four weeks, possibly five, and he has torn a lateral ligament in his right ankle. He's been seen by our medical staff and although there is an outside chance he could play against Yarmouth in the FA Vase, we'll have to monitor that. Brady was due to go to hospital for an x-ray on a possible stress fracture of his foot so we're not sure if it's a break. He's definitely out for the weekend and Jamie Alsop is away with work - that's three of the back four who started against Dereham.”

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Midfielder Kieran Doherty was available after suspension but is omitted from the first team squad after being disciplined by the Linnets' management for an off field incident at Aldiss Park.

“There was an issue which has been dealt with internally by Gary and myself,” said Boon. “He's also been fined. We have a disciplinary code within the club and we won't tolerate anyone who steps out of line.”

Lynn have now slipped to third spot in the UCL following big wins for title rivals St Neots and Newport Pagnell in midweek.

“They are scoring plenty of goals but you only get three points for a win,” said Boon. “I know there is an issue with the goal difference but its early days and you have to remember we are a new side which has just been put together. Those two clubs are much more established and settled over the last couple of seasons, but we have done everything we could so far. Dereham was a massive step last weekend and we can only get stronger and better.”

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