Webb casts eye over new faces

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is primed to put the finishing touches to his Southern League, Premier Division promotion chasing squad ahead of today's pre-season finale at Grantham.

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is primed to put the finishing touches to his Southern League, Premier Division promotion chasing squad ahead of today's pre-season finale at Grantham.

Webb revealed his two young trialist goalkeepers will again go head to head at the Unibond First Division South club to try and land a deal as first choice Scott Howie's deputy.

Former Grimsby Town trainee Rob Murray started the 4-2 win at Stamford before he was replaced by Lee Crockett. The Peterborough-born stopper was released this summer by Premiership champions Manchester United.

Ex-Tamworth midfielder Shaun Ridgway also has one last chance to impress, but Webb hinted any deal could hinge on snaring a Conference midfielder.


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The Linnets' chief remains cautiously optimistic of landing the high profile recruit on a two-year contract after midweek talks.

“Experience has taught me not to count my chickens before they hatch,” said Webb. “Everyone at the meeting left knowing exactly where we stood. We gave him a weekend deadline because it's important to have a clear build up to the league opener at Bashley. The player has one or two other interested clubs so he must make a decision that is best for him. It was a positive meeting. He can see how we want to progress in terms of where we want to go and how quickly we want to get there.

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“Whether we can do something with Shaun depends on the budget and if we can finalise a deal for the other player. I've got a decision to make with the young keepers. Both have ability but Scott has the experience at the moment which gives him the edge. He will start as the number one because I don't think you can throw a youngster into Southern League football.”

Howie (holiday) skips the Grantham trip but will be available for Lynn's Bashley curtain raiser. Defenders Mark Warren and Greg Crane return after missing the Stamford win.

“That game certainly nailed down one or two things for me,” said Webb. “The first 25 minutes was very average. It was a battle and we couldn't get the ball down to play. There is still an opportunity for players to make an impact. We wanted to step things up gradually which is what we've done - starting out at Mildenhall and finishing with two games against sides around our level.”

Twin strikeforce John Turner and Matt Nolan impressed in the second half against The Daniels and Webb has been delighted with the response of his attacking unit.

“The front players have impressed,” he said. “They have to because if they don't work hard, they won't feature. I want healthy competition for places all over the park. Some players will be disappointed but everything I do is in the best interests of KingLynn.

“John and Matty just gave Stamford a few different problems and it's great to have those options. Jack (Defty) is still some way behind on fitness. He would be the first to admit that and its something we are working on. A fit Jack Defty can play a big part because he gives you another dimension.”

The Gingerbreads are set to include new defensive signings Ryan Moon and Nathan Beardsley.

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