Plenty to work on, despite the victory
Paddy Davitt Stamford 0, King's Lynn 2: Lynn boss Keith Webb admitted it was still a work in progress after watching his men ease past the Unibond Division One South outfit in a mini heat wave at the Vic Couzens Stadium.
Stamford 0, King's Lynn 2
Lynn boss Keith Webb admitted it was still a work in progress after watching his men ease past the Unibond Division One South outfit in a mini heat wave at the Vic Couzens Stadium.
The Linnets were full value for Jack Defty's sharp first-half brace but Webb insisted the Blue Square North new boys must cut out set-piece frailties.
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Stamford's little and large striking double act caused all sorts of aerial problems in the opening stanza before a raft of substitutions and the sweltering conditions combined to produce second half stalemate.
“There are things to work on,” said Webb. “I've stressed to the boys after the game we have to be more switched on at set-pieces. I've got my tallest player marking the smallest on the pitch and he still gets a header in.
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“He has been told that is unacceptable and its something we have to put right. I will be doing just that over these next couple of weeks.
“The pre-season games are hard to gauge and it was a really stifling day. You can't underestimate how tough it is. I'm sat at the side watching and sweating. You can do all the fitness work you want but it's still hard to adjust to that sort of heat.”
Webb has dropped his interest in ex-Cheltenham defensive trialist Tom Wadkins. The youngster played 76 minutes at right back before making way for former-Norwich academy youngster Rob Kelly.
“I'll be speaking to the lad and his agent but its not one we'll pursue,” confirmed Webb. “He has been at Cheltenham but was out for a while with an injury. I just think we have maybe as good in the squad already. Now I'm getting to the stage where I'm looking at 18 or so players and you think we could have enough. If I look through my squad at this minute I'm happy where we are at.”
Match winner Jack Defty and Mark Peters were both withdrawn after picking up minor head injuries but Webb is confident the key duo will be available for tomorrow's friendly against a Norwich City XI at The Walks.
“It was just a couple of bangs on the head, nothing serious,” said Webb. “I was only going to give Mark an hour anyway and with Jack coming off it was an opportunity to let Frewy have a run. Jack showed if we can get the delivery right he is very difficult to stop. He also got his head on one to knock back for Julian (Joachim) but he was just on his heels a little.
“I think Julian's at the stage where he needs to get that first goal. He had a great chance in the second half but the ball just wouldn't drop for him. The longer it was in the air it allowed the centre half to get round and he did just enough to put him off his stride.”
Charlie Defty switched to the opposite flank to deputise for the injured Ben Chapman (groin). Joe Francis' close-range header flew wide in the opening seconds after Jack Defty freed Joachim.
The unmarked Paul Sheehan's skimming header rolled just past Scott Howie's left hand post before the keeper's wonderful one handed reaction stop foiled Phil Stebbing.
Jack Defty clinically wrong footed Martin Davies to open his account after Ben Sedgemore's visionary pass released the overlapping John Turner.
Greg Crane and Turner both went close soon after with Lynn looking suitably refreshed following a brief drinks break in the baking temperatures.
Turner picked out Jack Defty to bury a thumping header past Davies from close range to double Lynn's lead.
Stamford's beanpole frontman Adam Cunnington escaped with a lecture for an ugly two-footed lunge on Charlie Defty.
Pint-sized partner Stebbing headed over in the closing stages of the half after Tyrone Kirk picked out the unmarked striker. Joachim blazed high and wide on the restart having raced clear of the flat footed Daniels' defence. Cunnington's swivelling half volley had Howie scrambling across his goal on the hour mark before Mark Camm scuffed at Nick Bussey on 74 minutes from Danny Bloomfield's tidy reverse pass.
t Stamford (starting XI): Davies, Hallows, Morley, Sheehan, Pearson, Watson, Cabon, Gray, Cunnington, Stebbing, Kirk. Subs: Hunt, Musgrove, Guiney, Durant, Bussey.
t King's Lynn: Howie (Murray 81), Wadkins (Kelly 76), C Defty, Peters (Weaver 59), Crane, Bridgwater (Fisk 64), Turner, Sedgemore (Camm 64), J Defty (Frew 53), Joachim (Bloomfield 63), Francis (Melton 66). Goals: J Defty (31, 35)
t Referee: N Smith (Grantham)