King’s Lynn march on
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon believes Town's big midweek 6-0 UCL Premier Division win at Yaxley is a measure of the club's rapid progress this season.
Lynn moved within four points of long time leaders St Neots with a game in hand courtesy of a comfortable victory achieved minus influential wide player Steve Spriggs and with top scorer and captain Jack Defty only introduced late on to notch his 34th goal of the campaign.
Boon believes Lynn's latest success gave watching St Neots manager Dennis Greene plenty of food for thought after his side's scheduled top-of-the-table shoot out with Newport Pagnell was postponed.
'They don't play in the league again until next week so we could be top by the time they play,' said Boon. 'That is a great incentive to apply the pressure on them even more but we just need to keep everything nice and calm and let them worry about us.
'We felt we could leave Jack on the bench because he has been feeling this hip injury and because of how well the other lads did in the last couple of cup games. It just shows how far we have come as a squad. It just proved to me again that whatever team we put out there they all want to win the game for King's Lynn.'
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Boon revealed Town's management made it clear pre-match they wanted no repeat of the previous midweek league display at Cogenhoe when Lynn were pegged back after spurning a glut of chances.
'We actually read them the riot act before the game and told them we had to overcome the Tuesday night blues if you like,' he said. 'For me it was the best team performance of the year and I include beating St Neots in that. It was a very professional performance – not just the players but the backroom staff as well.
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'I reckon there must have been 200 Lynn fans travelled. The Yaxley chairman was delighted because it was a big payday for them. Its something we continue to stress to the players. They have to perform for these people because they are spending a lot of money in tough times.'
New teenage striker Dubi Ogbonna opened his account with an impressive strike following his move from AFC Sudbury.
'He found it hard going to start with but he did well and he scored a great goal,' said Boon. 'He has to learn how we play as a team and part of that is how hard we work but at 19 he is a great prospect for us. He lost his way a bit before half-time but we said to him just lay it off and get yourself in the box. He proved his worth with the goal – picking the ball up on the half way line then checking onto his left and firing a glorious strike into the bottom corner.'
Boon also reserved special praise for fellow teenage defender Ryan Fryatt after another glimpse of the talent that has revived Norwich City's interest having previously released the youngster from their academy set-up.
'Ryan Fryatt can be anything he wants in the game. Norwich are obviously monitoring the boy but he could be a great player for King's Lynn as well,' said Boon. 'We have plenty of competition in that area of the park now. Bully (Dan Buhlemann) and Ross Watson were immense again. It's hard on Macca (Martin McNeil) but that is what we have now. There are no weak links on the bench. We can put players into the starting line up and have full confidence in them.'