King’s Lynn Town’s little goal machine Spriggs is big on confidence
10:34 13 October 2012
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Little Steve Spriggs is hoping to produce another giant display when King’s Lynn Town visit Kidsgrove Athletic this afternoon.
The Linnets’ winger may be smaller than almost all of his team-mates, but he delivered another towering performance in front of goal on Tuesday to help Lynn end Coalville’s unbeaten record.
Spriggs netted twice in his side’s fine 3-1 win to take his personal haul to nine already this season and remains confident he can go on to bag another massive goals return this term.
The 24-year-old said: “I’ve always been confident in front of goal, but I feel this season I’ve also got a point to prove.
“I was a bit disappointed that some of the fans questioned whether I could play at Step Four, but I feel I’ve been proving myself already – although it’s early days. Any chance that comes my way I feel I can finish.
“I relish matches like Tuesday. It was up there with St Neots (February 2011) when we won and took about 1,000 away. The atmosphere and gate (1,123) was fantastic in the week and it proved again that Lynn are a sleeping giant with a massive fanbase.
“Scoring our third at the end topped off what was a great night. We worked our socks off and it wouldn’t have mattered to me whether I scored or not – but it was the icing on the cake. It was a special moment and it was brilliant to celebrate it with the fans.”
The 5ft 6in right-sided midfielder, a former Cambridge City Academy player, is Lynn’s top scorer this term having bagged four more goals than striker Jason Turner.
However, Spriggs – who has scored 54 goals in 110 appearances during his spells at The Walks – believes the secret to Lynn’s great start is down to something more than his predatory instincts in front of goal.
“The lads are full of confidence and at the moment the togetherness between us is something we’ve not had in the previous two years,” said Spriggs.
“I think the big change is the Buckby boys (Bunting, Quigley, Dunkley). They, and the other new lads, are buying into being together. Whether people are playing or not we’re all in it as a group.
“We said from day one we’ve just got to keep doing the right thing, week in and week out, and see where we are at Christmas. Because if we lose a few games people will quickly say we’re a mid-table side.”
Second-place Lynn head to third-from-bottom Kidsgrove having lost just one game in Evo-Stik Division One South. The versatile Dan Buhlemann comes in for Turner – who is getting married today.
Lynn boss Gary Setchell said: “We know if we play to our capabilities it will be a difficult afternoon for Kidsgrove. Tuesday’s done and dusted now, it’s gone in the season’s book.
“We need to concentrate on giving a good performance away from home to keep our unbeaten run going, especially as other teams keep slipping up. We’ll have spells where we don’t win games, but there’s a nice little gap between us and sixth. We’re definitely looking up, not down, though.”