Boon - Another test of King’s Lynn’s title mettle
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon believes the UCL Premier Division title challengers must be at their best tonight to complete a league double over Wellingborough. (7.45pm)
Town toiled to a narrow 1-0 win in the corresponding fixture last month but Boon knows nothing less than maximum points is required to stay in St Neots' slipstream at the summit.
'We know it will be tough,' he said. 'They have lost only once or twice in 14 but at this stage every game is big. You know that come the end of the season the best team in the league will win the title - it really is as simple as that. We have to keep ticking the games off and trying to put pressure on St Neots. 'I would say Wellingborough were as hard as any team we have faced at The Walks in the league this season. They were a well-drilled outfit and although we managed to get one goal at the end a draw may have been a fair result. I think we have learned lessons now about what it takes to win in midweek. The lads are maturing every game. They know we need three points and if we get in a winning position we have to try and kill the game off.'
Town remain in talks with Bedford defender Stuart Wall but Stamford prospect Paul Malone last night confirmed he was staying with the Daniels after Lynn launched a transfer move last week.
'I was working on it all Sunday and it's quite a frustrating process,' said Boon. 'When other clubs know we are in for players then it becomes difficult. We are competing with clubs at step three and above which is what we are up against. That is the type of player we want to bring to the club to improve us and what we can sell them is obviously the future of the club along with maybe some big games in the FA Vase. We'll keep trying.'
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Town's management is also committed to nurturing the next generation with young defender Ryan Fryatt set to sign a two year deal this week. Fryatt was one of five Town players who helped Norfolk U18s reached the final of the county FA cup at the weekend.
'That is great for the club and it just shows where we want to go,' said Boon. 'It isn't just about what is happening at the top end. Putting Ryan on a two year contract proves that and hopefully these other youngsters can follow suit. We'd love to get three or four young boys coming through every year. That would be fantastic.
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'It's great for Buster (Chapman) and his family along with Shaun Hodgson who is the main sponsor backing the reserves. It does cost money to run reserve and youth teams, but Ryan going onto a contract shows the rewards of that policy.'