Taylor looking for right stuff

King's Lynn boss Tommy Taylor has targeted a wideman as the missing link in his promotion battleplan ahead of tonight's friendly at Ridgeons Division One Haverhill.

King's Lynn boss Tommy Taylor has targeted a wideman as the missing link in his promotion battleplan ahead of tonight's friendly at Ridgeons Division One Haverhill.

Taylor turned the spotlight on ex-Barnet midfielder Frazer Toms and recently released Boston United teenager Rob Norris in last week's impressive win over Peterborough.

Toms is set for another run out this evening with Lynn battling Conference National club Tamworth for Norris' services.

"I just feel we need another wide right player," admitted Taylor. "We have Matt O'Halloran but he can operate down the middle and it's all about options. Frazer played for Dagenham in our opening friendly match but he's not attached to anyone.


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"We'll have a look over the next two games and that'll give me a better idea. You can't judge players on 45 minutes, although I was impressed with Rob. He's a tricky dribbler who might give us something different. Boston let the lad go and he's been training with Tamworth. If they decide not to offer Rob a contract I think we might look to fetch him in."

Coveted midfielder Ashley Nicholls turned out for last season's Conference National playoff contenders Grays over the weekend.

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Taylor revealed Gravesend & Northfleet are also tracking the playmaker. Club captain Sam McMahon is set for his seasonal re-appearance tonight after summer knee surgery.

"Ashley can do a good job higher up - he's already proved that," said Taylor. "It's no surprise Conference clubs want to take a look so there is nothing new to report. If it doesn't happen I'm not worried - hopefully Sam will play against Haverhill and with Luke (Kennedy) on board we have midfield options."

Lee Hyde and Mark Camm are set to forge a new look central defensive partnership as Taylor plans for Halesowen's opening day league visit without suspended duo Grant Cooper and Mark Warren.

Paul Atkins is poised to return alongside Michael Frew in attack.

"I'd like to give Lee 90 minutes to show me he can slot in at the back," said Taylor. "Paul is over his sun stroke now and he needs games. We didn't risk Michael against Peterborough because he damaged his hand at work. Initially we feared it might be broken but that isn't the case. I'm glad because he has been excellent for us so far.

"I'm really pleased with how pre-season is going. Performance levels have been good, the lads have worked hard and they seem to be adapting to the system - we look comfortable in games. The fitness is there and that will stand us in good stead for playing twice a week at the start.

"There's no league points at stake in these games but it's nice to play well. The first half against Peterborough was the best football we've played and we finished very strongly. We've done well against quality opposition during pre-season and I don't expect standards to drop now."

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