King’s Lynn ready for St Neots showdown
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon is confident Town are ready to rumble in today's UCL Premier Division title showdown at St Neots. (3pm)
Boon insists Lynn have nothing to prove against the unbeaten league leaders and FA Vase opponents in front of a potential Rowley Park record crowd at their re-developed ground.
'This is about belief,' he said. 'Belief from the players and from the club to have the confidence to go out and play the way we know how we can. If we take the game to them I think we can get the result. We know all about them, their players and their set pieces. Myself and Setch (Gary Setchell) must have seen them three or four times.
'I think they are more worried about us. They have watched every game we have played this year and I know the manager was at Holbeach the other night. If we play to our expectations, we can get a great result. We have had a lot of hard battles and our players are used to that. They have won a lot of games at a canter and might not be. We know deep down when we have gone a goal behind this season the character has shone through, when you look at the FA Vase ties at Dereham and Beckenham and even when we were 2-0 down at home to Yarmouth.'
Defender Jamie Alsop (thigh) is a doubt after missing the midweek win over Deeping but Boon insists Town can thwart free-scoring home strikers Shane Tolley and Stefan Moore.
'We've no special plans for them,' he said. 'We'll play the way we know best which is to play football, but we have defended stoutly when needed to. They are continuing to sign players on decent money at this time of year so they must be worried about us. For them the pressure is a lot greater. We're a new team, a new club but it will be a great advert for football.
'Alsop is the major worry. He didn't play Tuesday because he was struggling with a dead leg around his thigh. Macca (Martin McNeil) has come back in since losing his place against Beckenham and to be fair to the boy he has recaptured his best form. Martin has been in the gym, been out running and he wants it and has the experience of the big games. It will be a hard team selection.'
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Town can expect huge backing again from a large travelling support for the first part of possible season-defining double header with Neots at The Walks next weekend on cup duty.
'King's Lynn have one of the best fan bases in non league away from home,' said Boon. 'If we get 300 or 400 that is more than some teams get at home. All I would say to the fans is thanks for your support and come and drive us on again. We didn't play at our best on Tuesday but we've had a hard three or four weeks - ever since we played Wroxham - but I think players will keep raising their game the bigger the test.
'We told them again in the week to just focus on this one. It is hard because they have an FA Vase game coming up as well but just concentrate on a 90 minute shift, get a result, and then worry about the following Saturday.'