Linnets defender on title mission
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn's lucky charm Rikki Bains insists sorting out his long term future comes a poor second to clinching the Southern League, Premier title.The impressive on loan Tamworth defender is still unbeaten in his ten game stint at The Walks after notching a debut day goal in the 1-1 promotion clash against rivals Halesowen.
King's Lynn's lucky charm Rikki Bains insists sorting out his long term future comes a poor second to clinching the Southern League, Premier title.
The impressive on loan Tamworth defender is still unbeaten in his ten game stint at The Walks after notching a debut day goal in the 1-1 promotion clash against rivals Halesowen.
Bains was happy to extend his initial loan spell last month and the former Coventry trainee is desperate to complete his title mission over the run in.
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“All I'm concentrating on is winning games for the club,” said the 20-year-old. “I'm not ruling anything out or making any decisions about my future. I'll keep an open mind. I was brought in to help King's Lynn win the league and that is what I want to do.
“I'm really enjoying my time here. It's a bit of distance for me but the gaffer has been great when it comes to being flexible with getting across for training and all the travelling.”
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Bains made three appearances for Accrington Stanley in their maiden League Two campaign last season before moving on to Conference North Tamworth.
The athletic defender has seen enough in his short stint at The Walks to believe Lynn can potentially mix it in conference circles.
“There isn't a massive difference at all,” he said. “The top four or five in the Southern Premier could quite easily match up with the sides in the Conference North. I think its lower down were the difference comes in when you look at the depth of the league. Perhaps with the smaller teams in Lynn's league the quality isn't there.”
The versatile Bains was initially deployed at right back before being drafted into central defence after injuries to Mark Warren and Gavin Hoyte.
“I'm just happy to play games,” he said. “The gaffer told me when I first came that he felt I could do a job at right back. I've played in that position before in the league and for other teams so it wasn't a problem but I'm a centre half really.”
Bains featured in both Lynn's recent tussles with title rivals Team Bath and along with his Halesowen debut experience insists the Linnets fear neither over the final weeks.
“My own personal view is that we are the strongest side of the three,” he said. “I remember Halesowen gave us a bumpy ride for the first ten minutes but after that I felt we controlled the game and completely dominated them. We showed our quality at Team Bath's place when we beat them comfortably. I can only really remember one clear cut chance last week. Really it's in our own hands now. It's down to us. The way I look at it if we perform then we should pick up results. If we don't then we have no one else to blame but ourselves.”