King’s Lynn aim to lay down a title marker
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon wants to lay down a marker in the UCL title race today against Irchester.
Town triumphed 5-2 in their first home league fixture of the new season against United but Boon is adamant the Linnets are a far more daunting proposition now.
'They have goals in them and after we beat them you could say Irchester's season started,' he said. 'They had St Neots away, Boston away and us away in their first three - tough games but suddenly they went and picked up nine wins out of nine. They have a strong, mobile centre forward who was quite impressive at our place so it will hard and everyone of course wants to beats us. But we have come on a lot. The boys are getting better, we're 12 weeks into the season, training is good, and we are learning something every week. We've had a few blips, but that is what football is about and there might be one or two more to come.'
Town's management were buoyed in midweek by concluding successful contract talks with talented wide player Jamie Thurlbourne. Boon confirmed they remain on the look out for fresh recruits after being linked with Grantham's young midfielder Adam Millson.
'Yes, I put seven days in for him but we have left it alone now - simply because there are a few other players who have since come up on the horizon, so we will stay out of that one,' said Boon. 'If someone else comes up who we think can bring more to the squad then we will look at that. It might be hard on Adam. He's a player a few people like Steve Welsh, who used to play here, have recommended. He is a good player, a box-to-box player, but when you sign someone they have to be better than what we have got.'
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Boon has also ruled out any imminent move to bolster the club's defensive ranks following Kyle Plumb's exit to March.
'We have Brady Stone and Martin McNeil, who are our two senior centre halves, and alongside them Danny Buhlemann has come in and played well,' said Boon. 'He is a versatile player who can operate in a number of positions and we have a great youngster called Ryan Fryatt, who myself and Setch (Gary Setchell) are very excited with.
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'He has all the pedigree of being at Norwich City and Cambridge United. We have watched him in the reserves and he stands out a mile at that level. People play 18 and 19 year olds in the Premier League and we have to think about starting to blood him. He is 6ft 3in, he has pace and strength, and if we have good young local players we'll play them. There's a crop of players with massive futures. You can't put them in the first team straight away but we have a policy now of carrying a reserve player with us on the bench whenever possible.'
Stone has been passed fit after picking up a calf strain in last week's league cup win.
'Brady has declared himself fit and we have a full squad,' said Boon. 'We may just change the system. We saw one or two things when we played people out of position in that game that we liked. It s something that could work for us - but we'll decide that closer to the game.'