King’s Lynn boss Boon ready for action
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon is confident Town will hit the ground running in today's United Counties League return against Raunds at The Walks after an enforced winter break. (3pm)
Lynn's last home league fixture was a 5-1 midweek romp against Blackstones on October 19 and Boon admits the club's management are braced for a step into the unknown.
'It does feel like starting the season over again,' he said. 'We are hoping for a big crowd with a lot of people who haven't had the chance to come and watch some football and there are no games in the Ridgeons Leagues either. We know the lads will be fit, match fitness is another thing, and I'm sure they'll be a few cobwebs that will have to blown away. We have no injuries and no suspensions so it's a fully-fit squad to chose from with a couple of players we have brought in to strengthen us in Ross Watson and Chris Bacon.
'Raunds will be no pushovers. No-one would be after the break we have had. We watched them at St Neots and they held them for 35 minutes and then only went on and got beaten by three. It's a great catchment area with lads being released from Rushden or Northampton and they have some good youngsters.'
Boon admits Town's crop of young talent could get their chance over a congested second half of the season with Lynn campaigning on four fronts.
'We want to try and avoid what happened with Wroxham who went so far in the FA Vase last season that it had a knock on effect in the league with the backlog of games,' he said. 'Really, it's not a case of prioritising any competition. We will give each one of the four our full attention. Injuries, suspensions and players unavailable will play a part but we are King's Lynn and there is an expectation on us to go out and try to win every game.
'We feel we have a squad that can cope. One or two of the younger lads came along to Yarmouth in the Norfolk Senior Cup and looked more than ready to perhaps be on the bench in the league and make an impact - people like Gino Livotti and Ryan Fryatt who is now linking up with Norwich City again after his performances in the reserves and for the county this season.'
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Town's management will remain on the hunt for any potential New Year bargains.
'We're at the stage of the season now when clubs might look to offload good players if they are out of contention in the league or the cups,' said Boon. 'Setch (Gary Setchell) and myself have one or two options to look at and if we can do things within the budget we'll always be on the look out for good players. We've said we'll give the lads here every chance, but it's also about progressing the club.'