King’s Lynn eye top spot
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon wants to show Raunds no mercy with top spot up for grabs in tonight's latest UCL Premier Division away test. (7.45pm)
Raunds officials plan a precautionary pitch inspection early this afternoon ahead of Lynn's bid to overhaul long time leaders St Neots following heavy recent rain across the region.
Town hammered the relegation-threatened hosts 10-1 on New Year's Day and know a league double will move them two points clear of their main title rivals.
'When you have been whacked by ten goals like we did to them at our place then you have your pride and you'll want to show some character and fight,' said Boon. 'We have to make sure we don't fall for the Tuesday night blues but I think after last week we will overcome that. We just want to get three points and keep the pressure on St Neots. The hardest job for us has been chasing so going top is something we can handle.
'At times we have been ten points down and when you fall behind in your next match that is a lot of pressure but we have turned those games around. That ten point gap just held for four or five matches but now we are right in the mix. I see their chairman has resigned as well for personal reasons, which doesn't help I'm sure off-the-pitch. I've looked at the run ins we've both got, and they have six or seven of the top nine to play whereas we have only three of those clubs. We have a hard month ahead but they have a harder run in.'
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Town also have the small matter of this weekend's FA Vase quarter-final on the horizon which could influence team selection.
'We won't be changing too much around because this weekend's cup tie is a big game for us, but there's a few fitness issues,' said Boon. 'Jack (Defty) and Spriggsy (Steve Spriggs) both played against Wellingborough after a spell out and there's others in the squad who need a game. We were a little bit worried when Jack picked up a knock in the first five minutes on Saturday, but he came through it okay.'
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Teenage central defender Ryan Fryatt could also return to the fold after the end of his trial stint with Norwich City.
'They have decided not to take him at this point but he is a great young lad who is enthusiastic about our club and a born winner,' said Boon. 'We would love him to be a part of the squad and we'll be trying to sit down with him in the next week or two to sort him out a contract because I still believe he can get back in the professional game. He rang me at the weekend and said he would like to come in and talk so that is great.
'Ryan can go two ways now. He can come in and sit down with myself, Setch (Gary Setchell) and Buster (Chapman) or he can go off and try to find his way back into league football. I think he has been very unlucky because he has played well in the past few weeks for Norwich.'