Lynn set for Canary encounter

King's Lynn will set a 3,500 ground capacity limit for next week's prestige pre-season friendly against Norwich at The Walks.

King's Lynn will set a 3,500 ground capacity limit for next week's prestige pre-season friendly against Norwich at The Walks.

Linnets' chairman Ken Bobbins expects to finalise the reduced capacity today in a meeting with health and safety officials and the council.

The club's Main Stand will be closed for City's visit on Wednesday after delays to the £350,000 summer re-development project.

“We are hopeful of rubber stamping everything at this final meeting,” confirmed Bobbins. “We met health and safety representatives earlier in the week who have put forward that figure, which we feel is ample for our needs. That was around what we would've expected and isn't too bad when you consider the Main Stand is out of action.


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“Once we receive the final go ahead we will release admission prices and other relevant details in respect of the match.”

Bobbins revealed the new Main Stand roof should finally be in place by this weekend. The club are still waiting for Southern League confirmation on Lynn's request to play their opening month's fixtures away from home.

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The Linnets begin their pre-season countdown at Ridgeons Premier Mildenhall on Saturday. Assistant boss Lee Glover hinted Lynn will use their opening friendlies to run the rule over a selection of trialists.

“We had a couple in for training and we've got some more to come in with a view to them featuring in the first few games,” he said. “We have a talented squad but we still want to bring in quality. It might even be a case of waiting until nearer the start of the season for the right player to come along.

“To reach the play offs for two years shows we have good players - we just need to take that final step.”

Glover is relishing his new role under Keith Webb after the former Grantham boss appeared ready to quit when Lynn were faced with a potential Northern League switch.

“I'm based in the south of the Midlands,” he said. “My nearest away trip would've been Ilkeston which is an hour and a quarter away. With work commitments as well it would've wiped out a lot of my Saturdays. Now we've stayed in the Southern I've got seven or eight clubs within an hour of my home. It was never about King's Lynn. I've always wanted to come here because I can see the potential.”

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