Watson - Pride in the King’s Lynn shirt

King's Lynn's influential young defender Ross Watson says money will not guarantee big-spending UCL title rivals St Neots success this season.

Watson was man-of-the-match in Lynn's FA Vase win at The Walks which completed a rapid league and cup double over the previously unbeaten leaders. St Neots – who boast the likes of ex-Premier League striker Stefan Moore in their ranks – moved six points clear at the top on Tuesday with Town on Norfolk Senior Cup duty, but the 22-year-old insists Lynn have something money cannot buy.

'We want to wear the badge for King's Lynn,' he said. 'Personally I have always been a lad who plays for the club and not the money and that shows. To knock them out of the Vase with the money they have spent says it all. To be honest, I think we had a quiet confidence before the competition even started that we could go far, but at the final whistle you can't really put into words what that buzz and excitement was like.

'We knew before the game that we could do it after turning them over the week before. The St Neots manager wound me up with what he was saying in the papers during the build-up. We've gone the quiet way about it and it has paid off. Luke Thurlbourne was special. He was ten out of ten and that typified the spirit here because every lad just wants to play for this club. Just the passion, the ability and the work rate shines through every time we go out on the park.'

Watson has backed Town's attempts to bolster the squad with Lynn's management making a seven day approach for a potential new recruit earlier this week.

'I don't know what the gaffers have in mind but I think as players we know we need maybe one or two to come in and give us a hand,' he said. 'We seem to have great support from the chairman and he has never let me down personally. Two games every six or seven days from now until the end is too much. We had some heavy legs in the last few games.'

Watson has been a revelation since his mid-season arrival from higher-league Stamford but insists he has a fight on his hands to nail down a starting spot.

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'This has been an absolutely fantastic move for me,' he said. 'I love it here. Great fans, great club and the managers are a different gear. When I first joined the club I knew Brady (Stone) and a few of the other lads and that helped. I had played with him and had a great partnership, but he is unlucky to have got this knee injury now.

'Macca (Martin McNeil) has done well every time he has played and I enjoy playing with Bully (Dan Buhlemann) but I don't see it as me and one of the other lads. We're all fighting for a position.'