Lynn to throw new signing in at deep end
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb will hand on-loan Kettering centre-half Luke Graham a instant debut in tonight's Blue Square North home test against leaders Tamworth.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb will hand on-loan Kettering centre-half Luke Graham a instant debut in tonight's Blue Square North home test against leaders Tamworth (7.45pm).
Graham joined on an initial month's loan yesterday to shore up a depleted Linnets' back-line ahead of the free-scoring Lambs' visit to The Walks.
Simon Weaver (head) and Mark Peters (knee) are both ruled out after a bruising weekend defeat to Farsley Celtic.
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Graham has been restricted to two substitute appearances for the Blue Square Premier table-toppers this season but can also call on previous Conference experience with Forest Green.
Webb's brief to the 22-year-old former Northampton trainee is a simple one - grab your chance.
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"He'll certainly get the opportunity to impress and it's up to him to take it," said Webb. "The lad played in Kettering's promotion season last year so knows what this league is all about. He's struggled to get games at the higher level so it's a good option for him to come here. He's available for the FA Cup tie as well and he has a good pedigree in the game."
Webb has not ruled out an emergency call for experienced left-back Ben Chapman in the absence of his senior defensive duo. Chapman's intended reserve comeback at Mildenhall after a long term shoulder injury was wrecked by a minor car crash.
"Maybe we will bring him in," said Webb. "I still feel it'll be a little bit too early for Mark Camm. With the nature of Simon's head injury he can't play for the next five days so that rules him out. Rhino might be a possible for the weekend. He got a knee on the side of his knee and it might be a trapped nerve. The lad wants to play - that is his nature - but he is also experienced enough to know his own body. I might've shuffled things around even before what happened Saturday. To be fair if I do the players have no comeback. I will pick the team to go out and do a job. From that point of view I will be asking questions of them and we will see if they have the answers. We certainly didn't have them on Saturday."
Webb is stressing the positives from Lynn's Setanta Shield exit when the sides met last month.
"If we apply ourselves from the start of that game like we finished then we'll be okay," he said. "At home the emphasis is still on us and I want us to take the game to them. I know they have one or two different players on show and have brought a few new ones in since then - including a lad I would've liked to bring to our club. When you are riding high at the top it's easier to do that because players want to join your club and be involved. For me the key right now is to stay calm and collected. We don't need to panic and throw the baby out with the bath water. We've lost two league games this season. Some people might want to go overboard but now is not the time to start doing stupid things."
Tamworth, managed by the former Lynn duo of Gary Mills and Darron Gee, moved to the top of the table on Saturday as they won 4-1 at Workington while former leaders Southport drew 1-1 at Gateshead.
Lynn (from): Howie, C Defty, Chapman, Graham, Crane, Mitchell, Frew, Smith, J Defty, Bloomfield, Joachim, Turner, Francis, Fisk, Sedgemore, Murray, Kelly.