Linnets miss out in keeper hunt

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb was snubbed by a Coca-Cola Championship keeper target on the eve of their Southern League, Premier Division Tiverton test.

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb was snubbed by a Coca-Cola Championship keeper target on the eve of today's Southern League, Premier Division Tiverton test.

The stopper had agreed terms on a possible loan switch to The Walks, but the potential deal collapsed for personal reasons ahead of this afternoon's 5pm final transfer deadline.

Webb admitted time was running out in his bid to bolster Lynn's injury hit squad after the midweek arrival of ex-Northampton trainee Jamie Gould from Bedford.

"We had a look around for another outfield player or two, but I don't expect to bring anyone else in now," he said.

"We've brought Jamie in to provide another option down the left hand side because that is an area in which I felt we were short. He can also play central midfield as well."

The Linnets' chief has promoted young striker Mark Heath-Preston on the back of his midweek reserves' hat-trick as Lynn bid to end a recent three-game scoring drought on the road at Tiverton.

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"The lack of goals is a concern," admitted Webb. "It's something we're aware of. Danny (Bloomfield) was brought in to provide goals and it's something we'll be having a chat about as a group. The players just need to keep believing and stay positive.

"When you lose the spine of your team with injuries it's difficult because even though we've created chances you need to be solid in those types of game. Then when one or two opportunities come along you need to take them.

"Mark looked very strong when I watched him the other night and certainly showed me he has the potential to be a first team player. It's important to let the youngsters know there is a route through - the likes of Luke Fell, Sam Gaughran and Stephen Harvey have proved that.

"I'm not going to spend huge amounts on average Ridgeons Premier players or look elsewhere if we are developing lads on our own doorstep."

Fell, Harvey and Gaughran are all on reserve duty this afternoon. Webb's first choice central defensive duo Mark Warren (knee) and Greg Crane (sprain) both travel after missing Lynn's Tuesday reverse at Yate.

Charlie Defty has also recovered from a minor knock, but brother Jack is not included. Master poacher Bloomfield is a slight doubt after limping off at Lodge Road with a dead leg.

"Danny is still feeling it," said Webb. "We'll give him every chance. If we have to change the front line around then I will. It's great to have the likes of Wazza back with us because his experience on the pitch is going to be vital over the closing few games. Hopefully Steve Melton will be fit for Wealdstone next week."

Tiverton boss Martyn Rogers has pinpointed the twin threat of Bloomfield and Matt Nolan.

"King's Lynn are a quality side and will provide a tough test for us," he said.

"They have Nolan and Bloomfield up front who would cause anyone problems.

"I think that if we can approach the game like a cup tie and play at a high tempo we can get at them. When you play a Bath or a King's Lynn at this level you do not really have to do much to get your players motivated for the game."

Carl Cliff-Brown returns after being dropped for disciplinary reasons last weekend. Midfielder Chris Holloway has left to re-join Premier Divission rivals Merthyr Tydfil.

King's Lynn (from): Marshall, West, Blois, Warren, Crane, Fisk, Camm, Nolan, Frew, Bloomfield, Gould, Defty, Heath-Preston, Hammond.