Lynn taking nothing for granted

Keith Webb says he won't allow King's Lynn to rest on their laurels - even though they will start the New Year top of the table and with a string of home games ahead of them.

Keith Webb says he won't allow King's Lynn to rest on their laurels - even though they will start the New Year top of the table and with a string of home games ahead of them.

It's payback time for the Linnets, who, after playing the first 13 games of the season away from home while The Walks main stand was being refurbished, begin a run of six home games and just two away before the end of January with today's visit of Hemel Hempstead.

With Chippenham and Team Bath - second and third respectively in the Southern League Premier Division table - not in action today, Webb's men are guaranteed to maintain top spot, whatever happens this afternoon.

But Webb says he will be abiding by the oldest saying in the game by taking it one game at a time.

"We're starting to claw back our home games now and we're looking forward to it," said the Linnets boss.

"We have worked hard to get where we are, but we won't take anything for granted, because people do come to King's Lynn and make life very difficult for us.

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"Matters are in our own hands and it's important we take advantage of the situation we find ourselves in.

"But while we could start the new year with a four-point advantage, it could be just one from one game more if we aren't careful.

"There will be a lot of ups and downs before the end of the season."

Webb is keen to deflect attention away from his table-toppers towards the side one place below.

"No one seems to be talking about Chippenham, who are our nearest rivals," he said.

"They talk about us and Team Bath and Halesowen, but not Chippenham.

"No one mentions them and they'll be delighted with that - I'd like to hear a little less about us so we can get on about our business."

Hemel will arrive at The Walks with points to prove - the gap between their fifth-place and Lynn's top spot is currently six points

Webb takes pretty much the same squad which travelled to Cheshunt on Boxing Day and came away with a 3-1 win, despite going behind for the second game in a row after fighting back for a 1-1 home draw with Mangotsfield last weekend.

Webb is without midfielder Andrew Fisk, who serves a one-match suspension after collecting five yellow cards, while Craig Fleming is unlikely to feature, despite coming through 80 minutes of the reserve game against Dereham on Boxing Day as he tries to shake off an ankle problem.

Jack Defty faces a late fitness test on a back injury while Joe Francis is available, despite limping off at Cheshunt.

Phil Mulryne won't be involved, with Webb admitting he will be considering the former Norwich City midfielder's future with the club over the weekend.

It's Kids for a Quid at The Walks, with all children aged 15 and under and accompanied by a full paying adult, getting in for £1.

Lynn squad (from): Howie, West, Chapman, Lake, Warren, Crane, Camm, C Defty, Melton, Frew, Sedgemore, Nolan, Turner, Bloomfield, Francis, J Defty, Murray.