Warren’s message to Linnets

King's Lynn skipper Mark Warren bids to prolong his honeymoon period in today's British Gas Business Southern League, Premier Division trip to Cirencester.

King's Lynn skipper Mark Warren bids to prolong his honeymoon period in today's British Gas Business Southern League, Premier Division trip to Cirencester.

The experienced central defender has led a Linnets revival since missing the opening day home defeat against Halesowen through suspension.

Warren insists winless Cirencester must be respected as Tommy Taylor's side aim to stretch their three-match unbeaten run.

“It's about not getting too excited,” he said. “They've had a bad start but you can't take anything for granted in this game. We want three points but we certainly won't be complacent. I'd love to keep my run going. As I said at the time when Tommy asked me to be captain, it's an honour, and hopefully I've contributed. It's not about me, though, whatever we do or achieve is as a squad.”

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Taylor's rotation system paid dividends over the congested Bank Holiday period and Warren accepts competition for places is healthy.

“No one should be guaranteed a place,” he said. “As a manager you need options to change games. I think we've already shown there's a good depth in the squad. It's important to put pressure on the starting XI and then it's up to the lads in the team to rise to that challenge.

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“Coops and myself came back in after the Halesowen game and I think we helped steady the ship a little bit. Everyone was disappointed but we've worked hard to put it right - which shows character. There's a good feel around the place.”

Taylor has no fresh injury worries but striker Paul Atkins serves the second of a three-match suspension.Warren is confident Lynn have enough firepower to continue their climb to the Southern Premier summit.

“We created plenty of chances against Stamford,” he said. “The keeper made a few blinding saves in the second half. In any league you need to be ruthless and punish teams. From what I've seen so far we have nothing to fear. We're starting to set good standards and it's up to us to maintain those. To be honest drawing at Maidenhead last week felt like a defeat after leading for so long.

“We only look like losing a goal through switching off at set pieces or a mistake. None of the sides we've met have carved us open or scored wonder goals.”

Warren's sweet half volley nudged Lynn ahead again in the Bank Holiday derby win against Stamford.

“I don't score too many,” he admitted. “It was lovely to get on the scoresheet in my home league debut. Hopefully I can chip in with a few more. If the delivery is good then I feel I can get myself in right areas and if you go a goal or two up in this league I'd back us to control the match.”

Cirencester's goalless draw at Lynn's play-off conquerors Chippenham was the Centurions third on the trot after being hammered by Hemel Hempstead on the opening day.

Boss Neil Hards moved to shore up his leaky defence with the capture of Salisbury's highly rated keeper Kevin Sawyer - a former Cirencester youth product - for a reported £2,000 transfer fee.

“He is probably the best keeper in the Southern League,” said Hards. “He's not getting games at Salisbury but he played all through their promotion campaign. It will give us the presence we need at the back. I like someone who is big and strong and able to command his area.”

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

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