Linnets skipper a Covid doubt for Chesterfield trip

King's Lynn Town skipper Michael Clunan is a doubt for the trip to Chesterfield

King's Lynn Town skipper Michael Clunan is a doubt for the trip to Chesterfield - Credit: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Town skipper Michael Clunan is a Covid worry for manager Tommy Widdrington ahead of Saturday's trip to National League leaders Chesterfield.

Widdrington was waiting on test results, but said Clunan would not train ahead of the game.

Pierce Bird picked up a cheap yellow card

Pierce Bird will miss the Chesterfield trip - Credit: Ian Burt

Defender Pierce Bird has been unwell and almost certainly misses out but Brett McGavin and Aaron Jones look set to feature after contracting Covid.

Clunan's absence would be a blow for Widdrington, who has been impressed with his skipper since arriving at The Walks last month.

"We are hopeful that one of the lads who had Covid tests negative today and then again in the morning," said Widdrington."If he does then he can be involved. But at this moment in time I am definitely going to be without Pierce Bird and anyone else who had been injured previously, other than Luiz Fernandez."

Arthur Iontton remains sidelined as does Kyle Callan-McFadden.

Kyle Callan-McFadden and Dan Bowry leave the field at full-time - Credit: Ian Burt

Kyle Callan-McFadden is out of the Lynn squad for the Chesterfield trip - Credit: Ian Burt

"Kyle came back to training and did four days and I thought it was brilliant we got him back," added the Lynn boss. "If he was playing with his heart he'd play but he is not stupid, he is intelligent and he knows he is not quiet ready so he has told me that - that is as brave as playing and breaking down. I am really appreciative of that."

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Brett McGavin and Aaron Jones have also had Covid but returned negative tests this week and returned to training.

Tyler Knowles has jumped into the reckoning. 

The youngster has just a few minutes of senior football under his belt, having come on as a last-minute sub in the FA Trophy win over Nantwich a fortnight ago. 

But it’s on the training ground where he has caught the new manager’s eye. 

King's Lynn Town youngster Tyler Knowles

Tyler Knowles - Credit: King's Lynn Town FC

“I don’t mention individuals very often, but Tyler Knowles has forced his way into my thinking to be involved,” said Widdrington. “He doesn’t know it yet – now he does! 

“He’s going to be on the bus tomorrow, which is brilliant from my point of view, because if we have five (youngsters) and get one through that is good. I know recruitment and that is a good success rate. 

“I didn’t know Tyler from Adam when I came to the club, but he has trained with us near enough every day since and he is the only one of the five I have kept that I want to train with us. 

“He doesn’t look like he is fazed by what I am asking him to do. He is naturally good at certain things I like. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an 18-year-old kid, he is not ready to play 90 minutes every game, but I would trust him to go out on the pitch and do what I asked him to do, and that is a win or me.” 

Chesterfield’s Technique Stadium is averaging more than 5,500 attendances for National League games so it would be quite a stage. 

“If he gets used to playing in front of six or seven thousand people at Chesterfield quite quickly I would like to think we as a football club and me as a manager will be the first step on his career and he’d get used to that and hopefully go on to better things,” said Widdrington.  

“He could play in step four or step three now and play every week, I think, but I would rather him play bit parts for me and train with me because I do think he has got what it takes in the very short time I’ve seen him having come to me as a blank piece of paper.” 


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