Webb set to consider his future
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn 1, Workington 3: Lynn chief Keith Webb confirmed he had been offered a fresh deal to stay at The Walks after this flat home finale. Webb revealed he will make a decision on his managerial future ahead of Saturday's last day Blue Square North trip to Vauxhall Motors.
King's Lynn 1, Workington 3
Lynn chief Keith Webb confirmed he had been offered a fresh deal to stay at The Walks after this flat home finale.
Webb revealed he will make a decision on his managerial future ahead of Saturday's last day Blue Square North trip to Vauxhall Motors.
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But the Linnets' boss conceded a fifth consecutive defeat could now force the board's hand after results elsewhere guaranteed the club's Blue Square North status.
"I've had talks with the chairman and there'll be a decision this week," said Webb. "I have to make that decision - unless they make one for me after this game. If that is the case they are perfectly entitled to. I'll tell the board where I am at before the weekend but what's happened over these last few weeks won't influence my decision.
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"I just have to look at where the club is heading, what they want to do and how they go about it. They've set out to me what they feel is right for the future direction of the club - now I have to decide if I am part of that."
Jack Defty's 81st minute consolation strike ended Lynn's recent goal drought but Andy Cook's sharp brace and Callum Ruttledge's close range hit had long since settled the contest.
Lynn's playing staff lingered at the final whistle to salute their loyal fan base after a wretched campaign that started with so much promise limped to a sorry conclusion.
"It'll be remembered for the wrong reasons the way things have panned out in recent weeks," said Webb. "That is disappointing, but we've stayed in the division. We know we should be in a better position but circumstances have dictated that we couldn't manage that. After losing players in the way we did this was always going to happen."
Lynn generously gifted Workington the ball during the build up to both of Cook's predatory goals either side of the interval.
"You can't legislate for individual errors," said Webb.
"Craney (Greg Crane) has obviously cost us for the first goal and then after the break we make another mistake under no real pressure."
Webb defended his call to keep young striker Dominic Dwyer under wraps until the final quarter of the game.
"It's not an easy environment for a young lad to go and play in at the minute," said Webb. "I wanted my best players on the pitch but Dominic came on and made an impact."
Lynn were hampered by pre-match injuries to Bradley Thomas (foot) and Ross Kelly (ankle). Skipper Andy Johnson withdrew at the break with a troublesome groin injury.
"He did it against Hinckley and it was touch and go here but he wanted to play," said Webb.
"Then he pulled it again just before half time. Kelly has done his ankle ligaments so I think that will be him for the season now. Kris Renton complained of a knee problem at half-time that he'd done during the warm-up so we couldn't put him on either."
Cook pounced on Crane's slip to fire past Scott Howie in the first half before doubling his side's lead after strike partner Jonny Wright had robbed Mark Camm.
Ruttledge completed the rout on 70 minutes from Andy Hardman's cut back. Defty punished Adam Collin's fumble to drill home six yards out.
n Lynn keeper Scott Howie was presented with both the players' player-of-the-year and Maurice Ebbs Memorial Trophy supporters' player-of-the-year awards after the game.
n Lynn youth keeper Steven Norris kept a clean sheet in England Schools' (U18) 2-0 televised win over their Scottish counterparts at St Mirren in the Carnegie Centenary Shield.
If the Northern Irish fail to beat Wales tonight England can win the shield outright with victory over the Republic of Ireland in Waterford on Friday.