King’s Lynn look to turn up the title heat
King's Lynn joint Kevin Boon believes Peterborough Northern Star pose a serious risk to Town's 100% UCL Premier Division home record today at The Walks. (3pm)
The Linnets can move to within four points of leaders St Neots with a tenth consecutive home league win but Boon saw enough in the corresponding fixture to urge caution.
'We can't afford to be complacent,' he said. 'We need to go in the game with the right frame of mind again and the same attitude we showed when we went up to Teeside last weekend. They are a good footballing side who caused us plenty of problems.
'We won 2-0 at their place but if I am honest we were lucky to get all three points. Pedro (Alex Street) made some excellent saves and you know they will come to win, not just looking for a draw. Most of the sides in our league see it as a day out at a nice stadium and no pressure on them. We have showed a lot of character in the past two games and we will need that again.'
Skipper Jack Defty needs one goal to break the 30 barrier with three months of the season still left after notching in the midweek league grind at Holbeach.
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'He has proved what we said he would be when we brought him back in and that is a great signing,' said Boon. 'We weren't just signing a very good player, but it also helped when we spoke to other players and told them we had signed Jack. It proved we meant business.
'But Robbie (Harris) alongside him as scored 19 goals from a very similar number of minutes on the pitch. The two have formed a very good partnership. Robbie has had to see off Billy Smith and Scott Cubberley and now we have brought (Chris) Bacon, in but he is responding. We have three great options competing for two places. The same at centre half and in centre midfield.'
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Young striker Tom Barnes is added to the squad with Nelson Moriera and Ryan Fryatt released for reserve duty. Centre back Brady Stone has also had the all clear to begin his latest injury comeback.
'He can now step it up and start running,' said Boon. 'Hopefully he gets no reaction and in two to three weeks can be pushing for reserve and first team action. He was there on Saturday at Norton watching the boys and the management have not forgotten about him.
'Nelson and Ryan need games and we want to try and keep the reserves strong. We won't see Ryan for the next three weeks. He is on county duty and then Norwich's youth set-up have invited him to play in a couple of games. He was released 18 months ago but it's testament to the work of Jonathan Hawes and Neil Fryatt.'
Boon confirmed Town's management had held productive talks with chairman Buster Chapman over possible reinforcements for the league and cup run in.
'We are in no rush to do anything but myself and Setch (Gary Setchell) have spoken to Buster and he has said if we need to do something he will support us,' said Boon. 'They have to be better than what we have here, of course, but we are just worried if we picked up two or three injuries that might leave us short.'