Must win mission for Linnets
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is demanding a Southern League, Premier Division encore from his title chasers at Bromsgrove on Saturday.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is demanding a Southern League, Premier Division encore from his title chasers at Bromsgrove on Saturday.
Top scorer Danny Bloomfield is again poised to miss out in favour of Matt Nolan as Webb puts his faith in the men who demolished Yate 5-0.
Lynn head to the Victoria Ground on a must win mission with leaders Halesowen at rock bottom Cheshunt. The Yeltz knocked Webb's side off top spot in midweek - but the Linnets have three games in hand.
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“It would be difficult to break up the team as it shaped up against Yate,” admitted Webb. “I have to give them the opportunity to go out and do it again. Matty did all that I asked. He didn't produce anything that I didn't already know he was capable of but as I said at the time it was one game. He needs to continue it now and he will get a chance.
“I'm hoping taking Danny out of the firing line and giving him a little breather might help him come back strong. It's always difficult to leave your top scorer out. He will be asking questions of me but he's scored one in the last eight so I just felt it was the right thing to do.
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“Whether he sees it like that I don't know because strikers always want to be involved. I understand that.”
Lynn's miserly backline hunts a fourth consecutive clean sheet following the recent arrivals of loan duo Gavin Hoyte and Rikki Bains.
“Those two have come in and gelled nicely but credit goes to all the lads - not just the defensive players,” said Webb. “We look strong and it's something we've been striving to get all season. I think Greg Crane is playing out of his skin. His game has moved up a level with the extra responsibility of being captain. Scott Howie has also been a silent hero. He just comes in and gets on with his game but he has been absolutely fantastic for us.”
Midfielder Steve Melton returns to Lynn's league squad for the first time since January 12 after overcoming a calf problem.
Mark Warren (knee) and Shaun Carey (leg) remain on the sidelines. Webb deployed a five man midfield on Lynn's last successful awayday at Team Bath but the Linnets' chief has no special plans for Rovers.
“I don't think we'll be looking to change the formation,” he said. “If we re-produce the same level of performance from last weekend then it would be hard for any team in the division to live with us. It helped to be 3-0 up after 25 minutes because that killed the game.
“I hope we can do the same if we don't got off to the same type of start. It's easy for the players to get up for a Team Bath or a Halesowen but these are the ones that really count. They might not be on the best of runs but teams always raise it against King's Lynn. If they are low on confidence we have to make sure we don't given them any encouragement.
“I've told the players we can't afford to look any further than this one. It's three points, grinding it out, and moving on. Then well worry about Hitchin Tuesday.”
t King's Lynn (from): Howie, West, Chapman, Hoyte, Crane, Bains, C Defty, Melton, Camm, Frew, Turner, Sedgemore, Fisk, J Defty, Bloomfield, Nolan, Francis, Murray.