Now Boon and Setchell must maintain progress
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn Town joint boss Kevin Boon admits the Linnets management need to deliver after a successful homecoming against a Norwich City XI at The Walks.
King's Lynn Town joint boss Kevin Boon admits the Linnets management need to deliver after a successful homecoming against a Norwich City XI at The Walks.
Town eased to a 2-0 friendly win in midweek in front of more than 1,000 fans who had flocked to the new look ground which has undergone a �300,000 summer makeover.
Boon and joint manager Gary Setchell are under no illusions the revamped stadium now deserves a team to grace it ahead of their United Counties League bow.
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“Perhaps we have shown people now what we are trying to do at King's Lynn Town FC,” said Boon. “For myself and Setch it was a proud evening but you also must give credit to Buster (Chapman) and his family. He has said all along what he wants to do here and he is given us a budget on the playing side as part of that plan. He has built up the ground over these past three months and put some much effort and hard work into it. He has delivered off the field now and hopefully myself and Setch can deliver on the field. His family can be proud of what they have done.”
Boon's charges matched a youthful Norwich City squad with Jack Defty and Brady Stone on target in either half.
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“I was absolutely delighted,” he said. “We gave all 19 players a go and they put in 100pc. When we signed the players we took them out into the middle of the pitch and asked them to look around and see if they could play in front of the crowds we can get here.
“Against Norwich in front of 1,000-odd fans they proved they could. We've trained at high intensity and Setch emphasised it as well in the changing room before the game that we weren't going to sit back. We are a footballing side, we have the quality to get the ball forward early and play and press high up the field and the movement off the ball was fantastic. Our fitness was good as well. We didn't tire and that is down to Setch and the fantastic work he has done alongside his coaching team.”
Boon insists the only target that really matter is a scheduled trip to Long Buckby on the opening day of the league season.
“We've had two good pre-season wins but we're certainly keeping our feet on the ground,” he said. “It all starts on August 7 in my eyes and the league season but anytime you can beat a Norwich City team is something to be proud of.
“We go to Spalding on Saturday and the ground will be a bit different and we lose three players to holiday and Danny White is getting married but it gives our squad players a chance. Lads like Kieran Doherty and Billy Smith have shown what they can do already. Billy is a very versatile lad and with his pace we can play him up front with Jack or down the right for Spriggsy (Steve Spriggs).”