Warren gets special protection
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is poised to protect skipper Mark Warren in their Southern League, Premier Division dead rubber against Wealdstone.Lynn's play-off veteran has been troubled by a niggling groin problem during the promotion run-in and Webb will adopt a risk free strategy with his troops ahead of the Stones' visit.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is poised to protect skipper Mark Warren in today's Southern League, Premier Division dead rubber against Wealdstone.
Lynn's play-off veteran has been troubled by a niggling groin problem during the promotion run-in and Webb will adopt a risk free strategy with his troops ahead of the Stones' visit.
Warren returned from suspension for the midweek win over Team Bath that clinched home play-off advantage in next week's sudden death semi-final.
"We want to keep our nice run of form going but I'm conscious of protecting one or two," he said. "Wazza is one who's had this niggle and we've got to be careful. Matt O'Halloran will figure because he needs games after not being involved recently.
"I'm happy and confident with where we're at. The players' are in good spirits but I want people to know we are taking Wealdstone seriously. Let's get this one out of the way and then concentrate on next week."
Midfielder Steve Melton (dead leg) is a major doubt but Michael Frew (foot) is set to undergo a late fitness test. Webb has recalled Danny Hammond, Charlie Defty and Mark Heath-Preston after the trio featured in Lynn Reserves' vital midweek Ridgeons Premier victory over Dereham.
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Webb admits he has little interest in today's four-way scrap around the country for the final two remaining play-off berths to decide Lynn's semi-final opponents.
"All those clubs in the shake up are good sides," he said. "I don't want anyone assuming it'll be easy because we have home advantage. Maidenhead won here in my first game, they've obviously changed things around and strengthened up. Halesowen gave us a good game at their place and it took a wonder strike from Matt Nolan in stoppage time to beat them.
"Hemel Hempstead came to us and caused us a lot of problems. It's a one off and anything can happen. If we come through unscathed against Wealdstone then I know my best side - these type of matches are ones when you need experience."
Webb is relishing his first taste of play-off football.
"Yes, I am enjoying it," he said. "I've come to a forward thinking club and the experience I've gained is something you can't pick up on any course. It's been an excellent learning curve and these are the sort of matches coaches and players should look forward to.
"A lot of the lads went through this last season and one of the things I'll stress is we must be professional. I'm led to believe a few things went on in the Chippenham game and we have to be prepared because it could be a long night. I want to appeal directly to the supporters because King's Lynn need them over these next few days. They perhaps don't realise how much players actually feed off a good atmosphere."
King's Lynn (from): Howie, West, Blois, Hammond, Crane, Melton, Frew, Camm, J Defty, Bloomfield Nolan, C Defty, O'Halloran, Gould, Marshall, Fisk, Heath-Preston.
Club officials have unveiled select ticket offers covering today's final league game and Lynn's home play off semi final on Tuesday (7.45pm)
Adult tickets to watch both matches will cost £15. The club will also admit one child (aged 15 or under) free of charge today when accompanied by an adult paying the full admission price. Season ticket holders will be admitted free of charge to Tuesday's play-off match.
King's Lynn supporters' club has announced places for subsidised travel to any potential play-off final away tie on Saturday, May 5.
Gordon Chilvers is taking provisional bookings ahead of today's game for coach travel at £10 per head. Visit the club shop or contact 07836 630564 for further information.