Linnets skipper ruled out
King's Lynn skipper Mark Warren is ruled out of tonight's re-arranged FA Trophy third round qualifier at Windsor & Eton.The Linnets' influential defender picked up a back problem in the club's live televised FA Cup defeat to Oldham Athletic.
King's Lynn skipper Mark Warren is ruled out of tonight's re-arranged FA Trophy third round qualifier at Windsor & Eton.
The Linnets' influential defender picked up a back problem in the club's live televised FA Cup defeat to Oldham Athletic.
Caretaker boss Shaun Carey is poised to deploy Mark Camm alongside Grant Cooper at centre back with Steve Melton returning in midfield after being cup tied for the Latics' visit.
Carey is bracing his cup fighters for a test of character at Stag Meadow.
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"The pitch will be boggy, there won't be 6,000 supporters or loads of media – can we handle it," he said. "I expect a battle and we know it'll be hard. I'm looking on it as a good opportunity to get Oldham out of our system.
"Wazza did well to get through that game but his back has really stiffened up. We're hopeful he'll be okay for the weekend."
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Defender Charlie Defty gets another chance to become Adam Smith's permanent successor after an eye catching FA Cup display.
Carey is also promising to rotate his squad to cope with an ever growing fixture list over the coming weeks.
"Charlie will definitely start," he said. "He was different class against Oldham and if he maintains that standard the shirt is his. He was up against an experienced pro in Andy Liddell and I don't remember him getting past Charlie once. He also had the young full back to deal with who kept bombing on.
"I'll be telling the players everyone has a part to play. It was disappointing to have our reserve game called off over the weekend because I wanted to give Greg Crane a run out.
"Wazza is on four bookings and Grant Cooper is not far away so we'll lose those eventually to suspension. Some of the lads will also find it hard going playing two games a week on the heavier pitches.
"Success means matches come thick and fast. I'll have to look at resting players – not because they are playing poorly, but to try and keep it fresh. We've got a long haul between now and the end of the season."
Lynn's caretaker boss has not ruled out fresh reinforcements.
"We're always looking to bring in lads, but only if they're better that what we've got," he said. "It's quite hard on the younger players like Stephen Harvey and Sam Gaughran who deserve a chance. Unfortunately when you have guys like Steve Melton to bring back in you know that type of player can bring a lot to the team.
"My phone is always busy with people trying to offer us players. That's what happens when you get the sort of media exposure we've had. Everyone can see King's Lynn is a good club with a great set up and players want to be a part of that."
Carey is urging the Southern Premier title contenders to learn lessons from the club's Oldham experience.
"I've watched the game back on tape and you do pick up different things," he said. "The first goal we conceded was a soft one and we didn't do our jobs right on the second – we'll speak about that as a group.
"Our finishing could've been a bit better in the final third but there was a lot of positives. The work rate was superb – we need to maintain that from here on in otherwise we're just kidding ourselves.
"The lads were disappointed at the final whistle because we are used to winning – I expected us to win and if we'd taken our chances at 1-0 down you never know what might've happened.
"It was great for the club, the supporters and the town but let's move on now."
King's Lynn (from): Marshall, West, C Defty, Cooper, Camm, J Defty, Hicks, McMahon, Frew, Notman, O'Halloran, Nolan, Crane, Norris, Toms, Higgs, Melton, Harvey, Gaughran.