King’s Lynn hat-trick hero in bullish mood
King's Lynn Town hat-trick hero Steve Spriggs is promising the best is yet to come.
Spriggs sparkled in an advanced role alongside skipper Jack Defty in the midweek UCL 4-0 win over Boston Town that edged thee Linnets into second place behind big spending St Neots. The former Wroxham FA Vase finalist admitted he is keen to make the most of his new found freedom after notching the 'perfect' first half hat-trick at The Walks.
'It was great to get the chance to play centrally and to be let off the leash,' he said. 'I feel I can affect a game more than when I am wide because you are involved all the time and there isn't quite the defensive side. It was the perfect hat-trick really. I'm not sure if the first took a slight deflection because the defender came to close me down and it might just have brushed off him but it wrong-footed the keeper but to score a header is very rare for me. I don't normally head the ball in games, never mind score. I'm happy to play wherever the gaffer wants me and to do a job for the team. We've proved we can score goals for fun but clean sheets are what guarantee points.
'We see St Neots are doing well and spanking teams but they have dropped points against teams in and around them. Of course, when you see them winning 13-0 and signing ex-Premiership players it's a massive statement but we have a good group of lads who stick together and we fancy turning anyone over at home.'
Spriggs believes he can forge a formidable partnership with 14-goal hitman Defty.
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'I played with Cooky (Paul Cook) at Wroxham and he is a similar player to Jack but Jack has obviously done it a higher level,' he said. 'You can hit it into him and know it will stick and we have the aerial threat and with my pace I know I can feed off that so we have a little bit of everything. I think it's a partnership that could work but we have some good players. Robbie (Harris) is capable of scoring a lot of goals so you have to keep working at it to keep your place. I feel fit and sharp and fresh now because I didn't really have a pre-season and it took me really the first four or five games to do my pre-season.'
Defty was withdrawn as a precaution late on against Boston to protect a lower back injury. Joint boss Gary Setchell also confirmed centre back Brady Stone is set for further tests on a troublesome foot problem that has sidelined him in recent weeks.
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'Brady has had a bit of setback,' said Setchell. 'He has had to go back to the hospital because he has broken down again. It's a little disappointing but we have to live with it and move on. He thinks it might be a stress fracture because he has had two x-rays now and it hasn't shown up. If it was floating bone it would show up on the scans.'