Webb looking for some bounce
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is banking on some Norfolk Senior Cup bounce helping his strugglers finish their home campaign on a high against Workington at The Walks.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is banking on some Norfolk Senior Cup bounce helping his strugglers finish their home campaign on a high against Workington at The Walks. (3pm)
Hyde drew in midweek to virtually ensure the club's Blue Square North survival on the same night Lynn's Reserves beat Wroxham to lift the county pot at Carrow Road.
Webb now wants to end with a flourish against a Reds' outfit who dumped his side out of the FA Trophy earlier this season.
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“It would be nice to redress the balance a little,” he said.
“We had two tight games with them but the circumstances are a lot different now.
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“We just want to go out and give the supporters something to take away with them for the summer because they've had to put up with a lot this season as well.
“We want to win the game and that is all I'm worried about - what my players do in the 90 minutes.
“I think we'd have to lose by about six goals this week and seven at Vauxhall Motors to be in a situation where we have to worry about anything else.”
Webb's winning wish depends on breaking a four-game barren spell in front of goal that has dragged Lynn towards the relegation zone over the closing weeks.
Young teenage hitman Dominic Dwyer is pushing for a start after notching in the second string's stirring 3-1 Carrow Road success.
“He can frustrate the life out of you as a coach but he has that youthful exuberance,” said Webb.
“He must have had nine or ten shots the other night and one of those hit the corner flag but when it mattered he also has that ability to keep cool in the pressure situations and not get flustered.
“That is a great quality and fair credit to the lad, he is prepared to keep putting himself in the firing line. He's given me an option and he's certainly in my plans.”
Skipper Andy Johnson (groin) and defender Bradley Thomas (leg) will undergo late fitness tests but Webb will resist the temptation to recruit any more of the club's youthful Norfolk Senior Cup-winning squad.
Steve Lilley's side face their own fight to preserve the club's Ridgeons Premier Division top flight status over the run-in.
“I have to try and balance the two because the reserves are in a difficult situation,” said Webb.
“I don't want to be bringing in players if I don't have to. Both Andy and Bradley are struggling so we'll have to monitor them before the game and make a decision.
“Obviously you'd hope that what the reserves achieved during the week does have a positive effect.
“It's a great boost for the club and a lot of work has gone in by Steve, Neil Fryatt, Norm Cesar and everyone else all the way down to the work of Jess Ibrom and the football in the community programme.
“This club has some talented youngsters coming through. The difficulty is if they show real promise then professional clubs come along and under the regulations King's Lynn will not get anything from that development work, but it's still important to have the structure in place.”
Webb confirmed he is now in discussions with the club's hierarchy over his own future following a midweek board meeting.
The Lynn chief's current two year deal ends this season.
“Let's just say talks are on going at this moment in time,” he said.
“Obviously players at this stage of the season want to know what is happening with the management because I think they'll be big changes across non-league football during the close season with the credit crunch.
“King's Lynn must adapt to the new way of doing things like every other club.”
Lynn (from): Howie, Graham, Smith, Peters, Thomas, Camm, Kelly, Fisk, Johnson, Renton, J Defty, Dwyer, Joachim, Mitchell, Crane, Murray.
Norwich City season ticket holders paying the standard �10 adult admission price today at The Walks are entitled to free entry to the Main Stand on production of their season ticket pass.
Lynn commercial director Simon Pomfret also confirmed children aged 15 and under will be admitted to the ground for �1 when accompanied by a full paying adult.
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