Webb's 'dig deep' message
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb wants his Southern League Premier Division table toppers to dig deep at Mangotsfield tonight (7.45pm).Webb expects a war of attrition at boggy Cossham Street after The Field's scheduled weekend home fixture was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb wants his Southern League Premier Division table toppers to dig deep at Mangotsfield tonight (7.45pm).
Webb expects a war of attrition at boggy Cossham Street after The Field's scheduled weekend home fixture was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
“We know it'll be a bit of a bog,” he said. “We'll travel thinking the game is on but if there was any overnight rain they might have to re-assess. Sides always raise it against King's Lynn and the fact we go there top will probably drag an extra five pc out of them.
“People want to knock us down and we've talked to the lads about the pressures of being in this situation. I'll be re-emphasising that again. At the moment we've shown we can handle it but teams will be desperate to batter us. If we can't cope with it then we don't deserve to go up.”
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Webb is keen to keep a lid on rising expectations after hammering Merthyr 5-1 at The Walks.
“The atmosphere around the club and in the changing room is buzzing,” he said. “Let's try to maintain that feel good factor but without anyone getting carried away. It's about being top come the end of May. I know it's a cliché but the next game is the only important one to focus on.”
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Danny Bloomfield and Michael Frew travel after being withdrawn with minor niggles against the Martyrs. Greg Lake and Joe Francis are set to form another youthful left-sided partnership in Ben Chapman's (back) absence.
“They are two young lads, but I don't think they looked troubled at the weekend,” said Webb. “Greg has shown a lot of character to come back into the side. Joe proved what a good player he can be at this level on Saturday. He's a young man and you tend to find they will be in and out of form. In terms of the quality of balls he can deliver and goals there are not too many attacking left-sided players in our league with that package.”
Defensive duo Charlie Defty and Craig Fleming (ankle) remained sidelined. Midfielder Steve Melton is poised to step up his comeback from recent knee surgery with another reserve outing against Histon Reserves tomorrow.
Webb also revealed his prime midfield target is expected to train with the club ahead of a potential New Year deal.
“I showed him around the place at the weekend and he's going to come training over the next month,” said Webb. “He's an experienced campaigner with a lot of Football League games behind him but he understands the situation - I must see him in that sort of environment.
“We've got Melts coming back along with Shaun Carey. I need to sit down with the chairman and Lee Glover to discuss where we are at with Phil Mulryne as well. It's all about looking at the budget, the money we have available and making decisions.”
King's Lynn (from): Howie, West, Lake, Warren, Crane, Camm, Frew, Fisk, Defty, Turner, Bloomfield, Nolan, Francis, Murray, Mulryne, Buhlemann.