Lynn boss might have the answer already

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn chief Keith Webb admits the answer to his striker search might be right under his nose. Webb is actively on the hunt for fresh firepower to trigger a concerted Blue Square North play-off push - but Jack Defty's equaliser against Workington at the weekend continued a recent purple patch for his strike force.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn chief Keith Webb admits the answer to his striker search might be right under his nose.

Webb is actively on the hunt for fresh firepower to trigger a concerted Blue Square North play-off push - but Jack Defty's equaliser against Workington at the weekend continued a recent purple patch for his strike force.

The big frontman, along with Michael Frew and Julian Joachim, have plundered 10 goals in the last seven. Webb will continue to scour the non league game but admits Lynn's three-pronged attack is doing the business.


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"There are a lot of other managers in our league who would love our forward line," he said. "Maybe at times we are too inward and think there are better players out there when in actual fact we have some decent players here. If the right player comes along we will do something but the club isn't going to spend a fortune and there is no guarantee even then that you bring in the right player."

Webb admits Lynn must fight in a congested market place for available talent with their Blue Square North rivals.

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"I was reading Hinckley are looking for a goal scorer, a 15-goal a season man, so we're all looking for the same thing," he said. "They are very few and far between and we all want to have that elusive player. If clubs have got them they don't let them go unless they can't afford to keep them.

"I said after the Stafford game all players are available if you are prepared to spend the money but they've got to be good to take the place of those we have already got. Look at Jack's performance that day and ask yourself where there is a target man who is better in the league."

Webb agreed to release predator Danny Bloomfield last month and the Linnets' chief is backing the striker to hit the goal trail after re-joining Southern League, Premier Division Cambridge City. Bloomfield made a second half substitute appearance in City's 1-0 away win at Evesham on Saturday. The striker notched 30 goals in a prolific 2004 campaign at Milton Road before his high profile move to The Walks.

"I'm pleased with that," said Webb. "I'd spoken with their manager, who's a good friend, and Danny has gone to a place where they will look after him. It should also suit him with the personal side of things like the travel aspect so I think that is something that has worked out well for both parties."

Defender Ben Chapman is struggling to be fit for Lynn's Cumbrian return in the FA Trophy this weekend after being withdrawn in the second half with a re-occurrence of his previous shoulder injury. Bradley Thomas (Achilles) and Mark Peters (knee) are both expected to return to training although Peters is unlikely to make the cross-country trip after his lengthy lay off.

Reds' boss Darren Edmondson insists both clubs must be more ruthless after sharing the league spoils at Borough Park.

"I believe a point was a fair result," he said. "We dominated the first half, which is what I asked the lads to do, but in the second half they made some substitutions which changed the game. In the second half they had more possession but they didn't create many chances. Saying that, neither did we, and that's something will be trying to put right for next week."

Read Mark Hearle's exclusive behind-the-scenes club column every Thursday only on edp24.co.uk/kingslynn

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