King’s Lynn Town looking for a new source of goals ahead of game at Grantham Town
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King's Lynn Town will begin life without leading scorer George Thomson when they make one of their shortest trips of the season to Grantham.
The 21-goal playmaker this week completed his move to Vanarama Conference side Chester – where he spent a trial period in the summer – after a scintillating first half of the campaign. And the 22-year-old is determined to hit the ground running ahead of his potential competitive debut against Kidderminster Harriers today.
Thomson told the Chester Chronicle: 'The move really came about on Monday when I got a phone call off my manager at King's Lynn (Gary Setchell) saying Chester had got back in touch. It came out of the blue really and it's all happened very quickly. I think what happened in the summer was just one of those things that happens in football. Sometimes things don't work out as you'd want or at that time.
'It happens in everyday life and you've just got to get on with it as best you can and carry on with what you're doing, which is what I did. I went back to King's Lynn, played well for them and managed to score a few goals and it's worked out well for me.'
The Leicestershire-based player scored just 16 goals in 89 appearances prior to the current Evo-Stik Premier Division campaign. But before his departure the former Nottingham Forest academy attacking midfielder had netted 13 times more than any of his other team-mates this term. So it's clear a new source of goals will be needed ahead of the clash against the Gingerbreads, eighth.
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Much of that emphasis could fall upon the shoulders of one-month loanee Leon Mettam. The Tamworth striker made his debut during Saturday's 3-0 defeat to league leaders Skelmersdale United and, despite failing to fashion a shot at goal, impressed his temporary manager.
'Leon's a class above this level,' said Setchell, whose men sit 12th in the table.
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'He's been injured for 12 to 14 weeks and he put his body on the line for the football club. He worked hard, his touch was good, he was sharp – didn't get great service – and if he gave the ball away he went to get it back.
'He's going to be a great addition for us.'
Michael Frew and Jackson Ramm complete their suspensions this afternoon and miss out, as do injured pair Jake Jones and Ross Watson. Captain David Bell's chances of playing are rated as 50/50.