Webb promises no let-up in cup
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb promises no half measures in today's FA Cup first round qualifying trip to Lincoln United.Webb has no fears that a prolonged cup run will hinder the club's Southern League Premier Division promotion push following last season's lucrative high profile adventure.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb promises no half measures in today's FA Cup first round qualifying trip to Lincoln United.
Webb has no fears that a prolonged cup run will hinder the club's Southern League Premier Division promotion push following last season's lucrative high profile adventure. The Linnets' chief plans to field all his available big guns for the tie at the Unibond Premier outfit.
“If you gave me a choice between promotion and the cup it would promotion every time,” admitted Webb. “But I don't want anyone thinking we won't be taking this game seriously. Winning is a habit and with no points at stake I want us to enjoy the game and play with freedom.
“I believe a lot of Lynn supporters are travelling over and it's a mini local derby so the players will be desperate to give them what they want.
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“I watched them in midweek and they are a very uncompromising side, well organised with one or two decent players. I'll be selecting my strongest available team to put on the park.”
Top scorer John Turner (hamstring) will not be risked. Young left-sided defender Greg Lake (hip) is also ruled out, but Steve Melton (foot) and Scott Howie return after missing last week's win at Swindon Supermarine.
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Peterborough loan recruit Adam Smith has been omitted from the squad. Fit again defender Greg Crane and midfielder Shaun Carey feature in the reserves' Ridgeons Premier trip to Felixstowe.
“We've got Ben Chapman and Joe Francis down the left so I'm happy with our options,” said Webb. “All parties decided it would be best for Adam to miss the cup game, but I'll be sitting down with Lee (Glover) and the chairman in the near future to see if we can extend his initial loan. It depends on his club and the player, but we'd be very keen to keep him here longer.”
Webb revealed ex-Norwich captain Craig Fleming is still mulling over a potential Walks switch.
“He just wants the weekend to decide,” said the Lynn boss. “Craig obviously has a lot of things to weigh up, but I expect to know by the early part of next week. He's trained with us twice now and seemed to enjoy it. From the conversations I've had he was more happy than unhappy, which I take as a positive sign.
“There's been one or two other new names put to me - players currently playing for good clubs doing well so it might be difficult at this stage of the season to prise them away. Once I know what Craig's intentions are that will dictate how we move forward.”
United boss John Ramshaw insists the visitors' are favourites to progress.
“This will be an extremely tough game for our lads,” he said. “From a financial clout point of view, they have a far bigger wage bill than we have and with that brings an ability to attract very talented players - players who have a wealth of experience of the football league.”
Striker Gio Carchedi (knee) is ruled out while defender Ben Brown (hamstring) is a major doubt.
tLynn will host any potential replay at The Walks on Tuesday.