Lynn face Sudbury in FA Trophy tie

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is plotting a successful cross border raid in today's FA Trophy first qualifying round tie at AFC Sudbury.

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is plotting a successful cross border raid in today's FA Trophy first qualifying round tie at AFC Sudbury.

Webb has targeted progress at the former five-time Ridgeons Premier Division champions to halt a recent losing run after back-to-back league and cup defeats.

“Winning is a habit but the opposite also applies and we don't want it to go the other way,” he said. “I wouldn't say it's a case of pressure building - we just need to get back on it. If training is any indication this week then I expect a good performance. Offer me the choice and I would take three league points because promotion is our priority but I'm not going to say the cups mean nothing to us. Winning breeds confidence so it can have a positive effect. The downside is the further you go the more Saturdays you lose for league fixtures which, in our league, means travelling long distances during the week and that takes it toll on a squad.”

Webb forecasts a stiff test against the Ryman Division One North high flyers despite watching their midweek Suffolk Premier Cup exit at Mildenhall.

“It's definitely a tough place to go - make no mistake,” he said. “They won't play as poorly again as when I saw them. Their manager will have then right up for this and it's a different competition. If we are not 100% committed then we'll get found out. People expect a higher league team to go through in these ties but you have no divine right - you have to earn it. The workrate has to be spot on because we have match winners who can make the difference.”

Webb has injury doubts over Mark Warren (thigh), Ben Chapman (groin) and Michael Frew (thigh).

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“Wazza has recovered from the groin strain but he's now got a slight thigh problem,” said Webb. “I have to weigh up the situation and see how he feels. We'll give him as long as we can, but if there's a risk of losing him for five or so matches I'll take no chances. The same applies to Ben and Michael.”

Defensive duo Greg Crane and Charlie Defty have shaken off facial injuries from last week's FA Cup defeat at Tamworth.

Strike pair John Turner and Matt Nolan have also been passed fit but Webb revealed Jack Defty is set for a spell in the reserves to build up his match fitness.

“I've got to push Jack on now at this stage of the season,” said Webb. “It's vital we get him involved and its not going to help Jack coming off the bench for 20 minutes here and there. We've had a chat - I've explained the situation and where I'm coming from. He'll probably look to play the next six games with the reserves.”

Midfielder Shaun Carey is also on Ridgeons reserve duty today against Ipswich Wanderers as he steps up his injury comeback.

King's Marsh chief Mark Morsley is without injured midfielder Terry Rayner (knee) but backs his troops to pull of a giant killing.

“We have nothing to lose - they have everything to lose,” he said. “It's a game nobody expects us to win, especially on the back of our current run, but that puts all the pressure on them. One thing we managed to do last season was always put in a performance against the bigger sides.”

King's Lynn (from): Howie, West, Chapman, Crane, Lake, Warren, Defty, Camm, Frew, Fleming, Turner, Bloomfield, Nolan, Francis, Murray, Fisk.