Last chance for new-look Linnets to make impression
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn head to Unibond Division One South Stamford today with boss Keith Webb warning time is running out to impress him ahead of the club's Conference bow.
King's Lynn head to Unibond Division One South Stamford today with boss Keith Webb warning time is running out to impress him ahead of the club's Conference bow.
Webb has targeted next weekend's Southern League shield match up against Hillingdon Borough as a full dress rehearsal for Lynn's Blue Square North opener at Burscough on August 9.
Lynn's new look squad have only this afternoon's Daniels' friendly and Tuesday's Norwich City XI match up at The Walks to stake their claim.
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“I'm fairly confident in my own mind I have most of my starting line up for Burscough,” said Webb. “But there is still these games left for people to impress me. The next two matches are about nailing one or two things down. Hillingdon is the game that I'm looking to really put out a team that will be available for the first league match.
“We wanted tough competition right through the team and you can see that in training. They are flying about. The work is nice and sharp with a good intensity. I'd like to think we already had a good level of professionalism in the squad but the boys who have come in over the summer bring that professional approach as well.”
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Webb will take no risks with defender Ben Chapman (groin). Lynn's boss is also poised to include a right sided trailist.
Back up keeper Rob Murray could earn another pre-season run out after playing 90 minutes against Yarmouth.
“I felt it was important Rob got a game,” said Webb. “He will play a part in these last three matches as well although we need to start getting Scott (Howie) back in. He's the number one but we are so lucky to have Rob. I don't want to tempt fate but I see him as this club's goalie in the future. At the minute it's not a worry for me that he might be sitting on the bench again this coming season. I don't think that is an issue. He couldn't be at a better club or learning off someone like Scott and I think Rob knows that.”
Michael Frew operated up front against the Bloaters and Webb admits the blond attacker could have a dual role this season after operating wide right during Lynn's title winning campaign.
“He prefers to play down the middle and that might be something in my mind,” said Webb. I'm a great believer you put your best eleven on the pitch. Whether that is midfield or up front. Players might not be happy but faced with a choice of being in the side or on the bench it's not that difficult. He certainly offers us something different to what we have with Jack or the other lads up front. There might be times in games when it's not working and you have to try something else.”
Webb is also purring over his central midfield options with Ben Sedgemore and new summer arrival David Bridgwater impressive in Lynn's early work.
“Sedge is flying at the minute,” said Webb. “He is working ever so hard and I expect him to do really well again - even better than last season. He came in and just knitted things together for us. He's the sort of lad who just goes about his business and I couldn't be more delighted. David adds that little bit of class and quality that we will need at this level because teams will be well organised. He just has that ability to pick a pass or find a hole.”
Stamford opened their pre-season campaign a 4-2 win against a Sheffield United XI.
“We have got a competitive pre-season with no soft touches,” said Daniels' boss Dougie Keast. “Training has had a real purpose. It has been bright and energetic with the lads displaying a hunger and desire which are the right characteristics. Pre-season is all about fitness and looking at potential partnerships and things are shaping up really well.”