Warren - I'm here to get Lynn promoted

King's Lynn's new captain Mark Warren wants to set the record straight in tonight's British Gas Business Southern League, Premier Division visit to Hitchin.

King's Lynn's new captain Mark Warren wants to set the record straight in tonight's British Gas Business Southern League, Premier Division visit to Hitchin.

Warren and central defensive partner Grant Cooper missed Lynn's dire opening day defeat against Halesowen through suspension.

Linnets boss Tommy Taylor will hand the pair an instant recall - and the high profile summer arrival from Fisher is desperate to impress.

“I can't wait - if selected,” said Warren. “I was absolutely gutted to miss the first game. I don't know what happened to us. There's a lot of expectation this season and we seemed nervous - it was almost stage fright. We'd played some good football in pre-season and we have talented individuals. It just didn't happen. The boys know they let themselves down but that game is out of the window now. We have a great opportunity to put things right at Hitchin and get things moving. It was only the first game - there's a long way to go.”


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Warren describes the captaincy as 'an honour', adding: “It's fantastic. I think I can bring some organisation to the team. I've got plenty of experience along with the likes of Westy, Coops and Shaun (Carey). It's down to all of us to gel and bond as a group. When we find ourselves in tough situations I want to make sure the heads don't go down and we keep playing with confidence.”

Taylor could restore Mark Camm to midfield after his emergency central defensive against Halesowen. Frazer Toms is also set for a start after his late second half introduction.

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Warren is convinced Taylor's reshaped squad can mount a promotion push.

“I helped my previous club get promoted and I've come here to do the same,” he said. “We have the nucleus of players from last season and Tommy has strengthened over the summer so I don't see why the club can't kick on. It didn't take much convincing for me to come here. I had three or four years with Tommy at Orient and he's a good man manager. He wants his players to go out and play - that isn't always the case. It's great to have that freedom, which is why Saturday was so disappointing because we didn't express ourselves.”

The 31-year-old is fighting fit after a knee injury restricted him to eight appearances in Fisher's Ryman Premier promotion campaign.

“I was an ever-present the season before so it was frustrating,” he admitted. “Coming to King's Lynn is a new challenge. Fingers crossed the manager and chairman has sorted out something on the work front. I class myself as a local boy now and my family are settled so I want to stay here.”

Hitchin boss Darren Salton is targeting a revenge mission after last season's 5-0 mauling.

“It was one of my worst nights in football and I am keen to wipe that from the memory,” he said.

King's Lynn (from): Marshall, West, Smith, Hyde, C Defty, Brooks, Warren, Cooper, Camm, McMahon, Toms, Kennedy, J Defty, Carey, Nolan, Atkins, Frew, O'Halloran.

t Taylor has confirmed summer target Greg Crane is poised to be offered a deal by Conference National Cambridge United.

The former Norwich City youngster was sent off for United's second string in a Ridgeons Premier Division defeat at Wisbech on Saturday.

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