Linnets target two new men

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn are lining up a double Blue Square Premier swoop. Lynn dropped their interest in Rushden's available centre forward Daryl Clare last week but Linnets' chairman Ken Bobbins confirmed his Blue Square North new-boys are now chasing alternative attacking reinforcements.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn are lining up a double Blue Square Premier swoop.

Lynn dropped their interest in Rushden's available centre forward Daryl Clare last week but Linnets' chairman Ken Bobbins confirmed his Blue Square North new-boys are now chasing alternative attacking reinforcements.

“We have approached a centre forward and a 6ft plus midfielder both from higher league clubs,” said Bobbins. “We've been given permission to speak to them so now it's a question, as always, of firstly trying to persuade them to come all the way to King's Lynn and then secondly reaching an agreement on the wage situation.”


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Bobbins insisted Lynn's hierarchy is still looking to try and gatecrash the play-offs.

“I understand the expectations of supporters at every club but I think the realists also understand the problems that come with moving up a league,” he said. “I'm sure the majority can see we are not too badly off, although obviously frustration sets in at times because every supporter wants to see their club doing well.

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“Only a small number of clubs can go up and we are competing with maybe four or five in our league who are full-time - however you define that. We've had to adjust to a totally different standard and type of football from the Southern League. If we can consolidate and be sitting comfortably in mid-table at the end of the season I would consider that quite a reasonable achievement although I'd still like to think we can get into the play-offs and have a bash at it. That may or may not happen but we want to feel we've given it a good shot.”

Bobbins also stresses Lynn must develop their own talent to be competitive at the top end of the non-league game. Young teenage striker Dominic Dwyer was drafted into Keith Webb's senior squad for Saturday's postponed league trip to Droylsden. Steve Lilley's youthful second string has also battled through to the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-finals and a home tie next month against Gorleston.

“I'm really pleased for them and I think the manager has done a fabulous job to get them playing good football,” said Bobbins. “Keith is a big supporter of the Reserves and it's a fantastic achievement. I hope they go on to Carrow Road and then see what we can do there. I would certainly hope the supporters will get behind them and turn out in force for the semi-final with the first team away.

“We worked very hard to keep Dominic Dwyer here with the help of his school and the academy because his family have moved away from the area. Keith felt he was a good prospect and this is going back some 18 months ago now. Keith knows what he is doing with the youngsters because he has 25 years experience of dealing with them at Norwich City so he'll blood the young players when he feels it is right to do so.”

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