Linnets boss keen to avoid backlash
King's Lynn chief Keith Webb is wary of a Corby backlash in tonight's Southern League, Premier Division test at The Walks. (7.45pm). Corby boss and ex-Chelsea striker Kevin Wilson locked his under performing players in the dressing room at the weekend after a fifth home defeat of the season against Merthyr Tydfil.
King's Lynn chief Keith Webb is wary of a Corby backlash in tonight's Southern League, Premier Division test at The Walks. (7.45pm)
Corby boss and ex-Chelsea striker Kevin Wilson locked his under performing players in the dressing room at the weekend after a fifth home defeat of the season against Merthyr Tydfil.
Webb is desperate to pile on the misery at the expense of their pre-season promotion rivals.
“I am surprised to be honest,” he said. “Kevin has a good record in non league football and they spent some money in the summer, but we have to make sure they don't kickstart their season against us. It only takes one game, a positive result, and they are up and running.
“It seems to be a struggle at home for them, but they are decent on the road. That's where they've picked up the majority of their points so we know what a tough nut it'll be to crack.”
Skipper Mark Warren (calf) and former Norwich defender Craig Fleming (ankle) both undergo late fitness tests. Striker John Turner (calf) is also a major doubt after the trio missed Lynn's FA Trophy replay win at Billericay last week.
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Joe Francis (knee) is ruled out but Charlie Defty (eye) is available after a 90 minute outing in the reserves' Ridgeons Premier romp over Leiston.
“The depth of our squad is probably the envy of the league,” said Webb. “Its show the board's ambition moving forward and it's why we went out and brought in players during the close season. We knew we'd be tested at some point and if this had happened last year we might have struggled. We face a busy couple of months now and our focus has to be on the league.”
Webb insists Lynn can ill afford slip ups after a 17-day league break due to cup commitments.
“We haven't lost ground but we're three games behind the leaders,” he said. “Team Bath is in the same situation. This is the time now when we need to push on and lay down a marker. We've got the advantage of having the biggest squad - Team Bath have the advantage of training full time so there's plusses and minuses. The performances might not have been the best but we've got points on the board. I want us to try and marry the two now.”
Corby counterpart Wilson is threatening to shake up his squad.
“I've got to start making changes,” he said. “I've given all those players a fair enough crack of the whip. In fact, I've been too loyal with some of them and most people probably wouldn't say that. But it's not good enough and we have to start changing the personnel.”
The Steelmen remain mired in the bottom four after Saturday's latest Merthyr defeat.
“It was the same old, same old,” he said. “We had so many chances in the first half and we didn't finish them and then we gave away a set-piece goal. It's very frustrating. The players that are here are good enough. But they're not showing it at present. They are letting other people deal with their jobs and not working hard enough.
“I brought in a team that I thought would do well in this league. But at the moment we're looking like a side that if we go 1-0 down then we're already beaten. We're not concentrating, not switching on. We're creating chances in every game but we're not sticking them in the back of the net and we can't go on like that.”
King's Lynn (from): Howie, West, Chapman, Lake, Warren, Crane, Fleming, C Defty, Camm, Frew, Mulryne, Carey, Bloomfield, Nolan, J Defty, Turner, Heath-Preston, Fisk, Murray.
Lynn officials have reduced ticket prices for the club's errea Southern League Cup third round home tie against Hitchin on Tuesday, November 20. (7.45pm)
Admission prices: Adults £5, concessions £2 with free entry for children aged 15 and under. Season tickets are not valid for this game.