Webb - Let's keep the good times rolling
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb wants to keep the good times rolling in today's Blue Square North clash against Farsley Celtic at The Walks (3pm).Lynn bounced back in fine style after losing their unbeaten Conference record at Harrogate last month to pocket their first away league win at Blyth.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb wants to keep the good times rolling in today's Blue Square North clash against Farsley Celtic at The Walks (3pm).
Lynn bounced back in fine style after losing their unbeaten Conference record at Harrogate last month to pocket their first away league win at Blyth. Webb's men then edged past Norfolk neighbours Wroxham to clinch an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie with Kidderminster, but the Linnets' chief is demanding no let-up.
Farsley arrive at The Walks buoyed by back-to-back league wins under caretaker boss Neil Parsley and a gutsy Setanta Shield penalty exit in midweek at Blue Square Premier heavyweights Altrincham.
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“We're on a good run but we want to keep that going,” said Webb. “This will be a tough one again as they all are in our league but we want to keep things ticking along. The boys are confident. We're going out expecting to win games rather than just trying to not get beat.
“They did play in the week but I don't think fatigue will come into it. Sometimes it can go the other way because players prefer to play rather than train. We're certainly taking nothing for granted. Forget about the cup game. I've already stressed as much to the boys in training and I'll do it again before the match this is the most important one. This is massive. The cup is for another day.”
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Adam Smith (leg) and Simon Weaver (back) will both undergo late fitness tests. Top scorer Jack Defty sat out training this week with a stomach bug. Defender Ben Chapman is poised for a reserve run-out at Mildenhall after missing Lynn's last six matches with a shoulder injury. Fellow long term absentee Mark Camm will step up his return from a hamstring injury next week.
“Mark is not far away but we'll continue to monitor his situation,” said Webb. “If Chappers comes through 90 minutes in the reserves then he will be in contention for Tuesday. I'm confident Simon will be fit. Both him and Smithy have had treatment during the week and we'll see how they are in the warm up. Jack has stayed away from training so it's a case of how he feels but I'm happy we have cover in John Turner.”
Webb also shuffled his striking options at Wroxham, with Danny Bloomfield preferred to high profile summer arrival Julian Joachim alongside Defty in attack.
“I've sat down with Julian and we've talked about what I want from him in terms of work rate,” said Webb. “It's a difficult one because having played in the pro league you don't have to chase around as much as you do in our level of football. I'm not saying that hasn't been the case but we need a little bit more. I just feel Danny gives us that at the minute and he is also a bit more of a genuine goal threat but we'll be patient because everyone knows Julian has the quality.”
The Linnets' boss revealed he has also already opened talks over extending Rushden midfielder Scott Mitchell's stay. The 23-year-old is due to return to the Blue Square Premier outfit when his initial five-month loan stint ends in December.
“I've had a chat and he loves it here at Lynn,” said Webb. “I still feel he has areas within his game that he needs to improve but he is certainly a player I like and would like to keep. That is down to Rushden, the chairman here and obviously the player. But I know he has made friends in the team, he has settled in and I think you have seen him start to produce what he is capable of in recent games. However, myself and Lee (Glover) feel we can improve him even more as a player.”
Webb reiterated he is in the market for quality additions across the board after holding talks with ex-Mansfield midfielder Tom Shaw prior to the 21-year-old linking up with league rivals Tamworth.
“No, its not just midfield. I'm looking for good players,” he said. “He was one who became available but after speaking to him he realised King's Lynn is not a cash cow. I accept there is a budget here and we will work within that. Last season we exceeded the budget because we pushed the boat out to try and get promotion and we were successful in that aim. If we get ourselves in a position where we need a quality player who can help us push on then I hope we've managed the budget to the extent that we have the financial resources available to go out and get him.”
t Lynn (from): Howie, Weaver, C Defty, Peters, Crane, Mitchell, Frew, Smith, J Defty, Bloomfield, Joachim, Turner, Francis, Fisk, Sedgemore, Murray, Kelly.
t A minute's silence in honour of long-serving club official Maurice Ebbs will precede today's league game at The Walks.