Webb not prepared to fail
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb has left no stone unturned in his FA Cup quest ahead of today's second qualifying round bow against Worksop at The Walks. Webb is confident a midweek spying mission can avoid a potential early cup exit after running the rule over the Unibond Premier strugglers during their latest 1-0 league defeat to leaders Ilkeston.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb has left no stone unturned in his FA Cup quest ahead of today's second qualifying round bow against Worksop at The Walks.
Webb is confident a midweek spying mission can avoid a potential early cup exit after running the rule over the Unibond Premier strugglers during their latest 1-0 league defeat to leaders Ilkeston.
“This competition throws up surprises,” he said. “Bigger and better teams than us have been caught short but we have prepared well and we haven't taken any chances. The lads know exactly what to expect.
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“I thought they were a very robust side who work hard for each other. They don't take any prisoners so we'll have to be on our mettle. In that respect they will be very similar to how Harrogate set about the game last week. This is an ideal opportunity to see if we can handle it but the players will be focused.”
Webb insists Lynn must thrive on the pressure to progress after drawing a line under the club's recent Harrogate mauling.
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“We had a very good training session on Thursday and it's been a good response all week,” he said. “We sat the players down as a group, not one to ones, so everyone knows what I want and where I want to go. Now they've got no excuses.
“We've tried to keep the pressure off them as much as we can in the build up and they've been nice and positive. We know Worksop will come here and maybe play with a freedom and look to try and express themselves. They have a decent away record.
“I'm sure they'll feel they have nothing to lose playing a team at a higher level.
“We have to accept that and cope with everything that comes with it.”
Top scorer Jack Defty (knee) has been passed fit after missing the club's Harrogate defeat. Mark Camm (hamstring) and Ben Chapman (shoulder) are ruled out but midfielder Ben Sedgemore returns. Webb confirmed youngster Ross Kelly retains his place in the squad.
“He is flying at the moment and keeping him involved is all good experience,” said Webb. “Under FA regulations you can have up to seven subs but I don't think we will be using all that number.”
Webb admits he would relish a notable FA Cup run on his managerial CV.
“I'd love to go as far as we can because as a manager I haven't had that in my career,” he said.
“It would be great being on the inside to experience all that goes with it. We have a good pedigree as a non league club but that counts for nothing.
“Maybe last year it wasn't a priority for us and I wouldn't say it is this time around, but the club has a great tradition and we will be going hell for leather to maintain that.”
Worksop hammered league rivals Marine 5-1 on the road in the previous round. Tigers' boss Peter Rinkcavage believes his men can thrive in Norfolk after only one win all season at their temporary Hucknall Town base.
“We seem to have a bit of a confidence problem at home,” he said. “Being at Hucknall has knocked the stuffing out of us a bit and we're finding it hard to settle. Anybody who moves grounds does - like Arsenal did when they moved to the Emirates.
“This game is a no-lose situation. We've earned the club some money already and we'll get a share of a big gate, so we can go there with nothing to lose. We're going to enjoy the day and try and pull off an upset.”
The winner of today's tie will receive £4,500 in prize money.
t Club officials have confirmed season tickets are not valid for today's cup tie. Normal admission prices apply.