Taylor’s stars staying at Lynn

King's Lynn boss Tommy Taylor insists his star men are going nowhere on the eve of today's Southern League Premier Division play-off tussle at Bath City.

King's Lynn boss Tommy Taylor insists his star men are going nowhere on the eve of today's Southern League Premier Division play-off tussle at Bath City.

Former Canaries youth product Adam Smith has attracted interest from League Two strugglers Rushden while Conference National outfit Cambridge United are the latest club linked to striker Danny Bloomfield.

Linnets' chief Taylor is confident the fresh round of transfer speculation will not hamper Lynn's promotion push.

“Good players will always attract interest - it's part and parcel of the game,” he said. “Danny is going nowhere. We had all this with Histon over Christmas. Cambridge United made an approach to our chairman last week to take him on loan with a view to signing Danny at the end of the season.

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“He doesn't want to play his non-league football anywhere else and I want him here to score the goals to get us up. Smithy is another one who is definitely good enough to make that step. He's been brilliant for me this season and I know a few clubs are looking at him.

“You can't stand in the way of any player who has a chance to go back into the professional game, but that is not an issue at the moment.”

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Taylor is prepared to let midfielder Matt O'Halloran join Stamford on a month's loan, but the flier remains an integral part of his plans.

“I'll sit down with Matty next week and have a chat,” explained Taylor. “I spoke to the Stamford boss and they need a midfielder. Matty has not played a lot of football recently so it's an opportunity to build up his match fitness again. I want him firing when we bring him back into the fold because there's some big games ahead.”

Taylor has identified this afternoon's visit to Twerton Park as the start of a crunch period.

“The next three matches are massive,” he admitted. “We go to Chippenham next week and then Yate come to us. Forget the league position, Yate are a very good footballing side and that will be just as tough. If you ask me what would I settle for from them I'd say nine points - why should we set our sights any lower?

“If we can repeat what we showed at Merthyr last weekend I'll be more than happy. Bath are pretty tight defensively so we need to be sharper in the final third and take our chances.”

Bloomfield (Achilles) is fit after being withdrawn during the midweek cup defeat at Bromsgrove. The versatile Smith (shin), Shaun Carey (calf) and Grant Cooper (head) all return to the squad. Luke Fell is on reserves duty but will switch places with Matt Peters in the travelling party for next Saturday's testing trip to Chippenham.

Bath wide man Alex Sykes is calling on the Twerton Park faithful to turn up the volume.

“If we can get a big crowd behind us King's Lynn will have to work even harder just to keep them quiet,” said Sykes, who marked his return from injury with the opener in last weekend's 2-0 win at Gloucester.

“There are probably 10 to 15 games that decide your season and this is definitely one of those.”

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