King’s Lynn braced for title showdown
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon has challenged St Neots to prove they are worthy UCL Premier Division champions in today's crunch title test at The Walks. (3pm)
Second-placed Town know nothing less than a 16th straight home league win will suffice to move within four points of the long time leaders with two games in hand.
Town have already completed a league and FA Vase double over the Saints – and Boon insists the pressure is all on the visitors.
'Look at their record against the better sides in the league and ours,' he said.
'We have beaten all the top teams. Newport Pagnell twice, Peterborough NS twice, Long Buckby and St Neots at their place. That must be going through their minds.
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'They have drawn twice against Peterborough, drawn against Buckby, drawn against Newport Pagnell.
'That has to make them nervous. If we perform, we win the game, because we have better footballers. They're a side with individuals, we're more of a team but credit both sides for what they have achieved so far.'
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Boon believes Town can rally for one last effort in a gruelling campaign.
'The lads are tired and the performance levels have dropped off but there should still be enough belief that we can win this game,' he said.
'If we win all our remaining matches, we win the championship and St Neots can do nothing about it
'We said all season long there would be twists and turns, but this is it. Whoever wins the game I think the momentum will take them through to the title.
'If St Neots win, well done; if we win, then fantastic. We would have taken this situation all the way back in August when we set our goals and the number one target was to win the league.
'We had a fantastic cup run, but we know if we win this game what a finale that could set up – although there are still games left to win after this one.'
Saints' boss Dennis Greene was an interested spectator for Town's hard-fought 1-0 midweek league win over Long Buckby – but Boon has warned their title rivals not to be fooled.
'After the way we performed he probably went away scratching his head because we were awful,' said Boon.
'He must be thinking. 'if they can play that poorly and win, what about if they click?' We have to be brave and look to score goals.
'If we can get the ball down and have Jamie (Thurlbourne) and Spriggsy (Steve Spriggs) working the flanks and providing service for Jack (Defty) we can cause them problems.'
Spriggs along with Kieran Doherty and Martin McNeil are expected to shake off minor knocks. McNeil's return to the heart of the defence has coincided with two consecutive clean sheets.
'He has come back in and conducted himself in a professional manner,' said Boon. 'Martin had to go away and work after being left out of the side and he has been fantastic. He wants it and he is fresh. You can see what a difference that makes and it is the same with Chris Bacon.
'Chrissy has done well of late. 'He has that physical presence, pace and he is another one who is fresher but I think the other lads can raise themselves.
'We won't have to go in and say too much in the dressing room. They've just missed out on Wembley, they've worked hard all season to be in this position. This is now a one-off game.'