Webb hoping to build on positive vibes

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb looks to prolong the feelgood factor swirling around The Walks in today's Southern League, Premier Division test against Banbury.

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb looks to prolong the feelgood factor swirling around The Walks in today's Southern League, Premier Division test against Banbury.

Webb's injury-hit squad ended play-off rivals Halesowen's 13-match unbeaten run in midweek before Linnets' chairman Ken Bobbins unveiled ambitious plans to put the club on a full-time footing.

All-action skipper Mark Warren and cultured midfielder Steve Melton return after injury to hand Webb a welcome selection poser ahead of the Puritans' visit.

"It was a great dressing room on Tuesday night," he said. "I want us to be on the front foot from the off against Banbury. They'll have other ideas and I've already learned how difficult it is performing at home. Some of these teams celebrate like they've won the World Cup. Our crowd are so passionate and enthusiastic - they turn up willing us to win, but sometimes if it doesn't happen that can turn to frustration and players do sense it.


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"We need to stay positive and, hopefully, the Halesowen result shows everyone we're on the right track. Obviously you have to beat whoever is put in front of you, but there's always a little extra on it when the win comes against one of your main rivals and the circumstances we faced going into that match.

"I've got a fixture chart up on the wall and from the Gloucester match at the start of this month we've had to prepare for five away and two at home - with the results we've picked up I'd say we're ticking over nicely."

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Grant Cooper (food poisoning) is a major doubt with keeper Shaun Marshall (ankle) still sidelined. Youngsters Luke Fell and Charlie Defty retain their place in the squad. Impressive teenage central defender Sam Gaughran could be rested after following up his Halesowen starring role with an outing for Peterborough's academy side. Matt O'Halloran (suspended) was forced off in midweek with a hamstring injury.

"He could be out for a while," said Webb. "At this stage it's about how he responds to treatment in terms of how long. Young Sam played for Peterborough on Thursday so I have to be careful. We'll sit down and have a chat with the lad and his family. He probably hasn't been involved in too many games like Halesowen in terms of intensity - we don't want to burn him out until he becomes fatigued.

"Wazza trained and is ready to play. We all know what he brings to us in terms of leadership and Greg Crane enjoys playing alongside him. I thought Craney and Sam were outstanding on Tuesday."

In-form striker Matt Nolan's fourth in four clinched a thrilling stoppage time win over the Yeltz.

"It was a wonder goal," said Webb. "He's now really putting his hand up.

"You can tell he's enjoying his football and that shows in his game. I thought Jack (Defty) gave us a terrific aerial presence and Alex Notman caused them no end of problems with the positions he took up."

Webb has ruled out adding ex-Norwich front man Zema Abbey to his striker mix. The Linnets' chief also confirmed Andrew Cave-Brown is set to remain at Carrow Road after his loan spell was cut short this week.

King's Lynn, from: Crichton, West, Blois, Crane, Warren Fisk, Camm, Melton, McMahon, J Defty, Notman, Nolan, Frew, Gaughran, Fell, C Defty.

Lynn will admit one child (aged 15 or under) for £1 when accompanied by an adult paying the full admission price this afternoon.

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