Webb not seeking revenge
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb insists his men are not on a Southern League, Premier Division revenge mission today against Mangotsfield at The Walks.Lynn were knocked off top spot earlier this month in a bruising midweek clash at boggy Cossham Street.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb insists his men are not on a Southern League, Premier Division revenge mission today against Mangotsfield at The Walks.
Lynn were knocked off top spot earlier this month in a bruising midweek clash at boggy Cossham Street.
Webb wants to send the visitors packing to ignite a potentially crucial festive spell of four games in 11 days for the promotion hopefuls.
“My priority is three points - I don't care who its against,” he said. “I'm not interested in talk about revenge or anything like that.
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“We know what to expect from them but I don't want us to get involved in the physical side. I want us to concentrate on playing because we have good quality in our team. I think we've turned a corner at home recently and that needs to continue in this period.”
Webb is not ruling out shuffling his pack over the coming days to cope with a gruelling end of year run.
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“We do have a lot of games and we need to try and keep it fresh,” he said. “But the next one is the only match that concerns me and that is Mangotsfield. We're pretty much back to full strength now. Craig Fleming is close but I just want to leave him out this weekend. He will feature over Christmas. At this stage he feels he can manage his ankle problem without surgery.”
Charlie Defty and skipper Mark Warren (flu) return to bolster Webb's defence. Michael Frew is also available after a bout of flu ruled him out of last weekend's FA Trophy exit at Cambridge United.
Webb confirmed new midfield recruit Ben Sedgemore could be in line for his debut. The 32-year-old former Mansfield, Lincoln and Macclesfield midfielder is on an initial month trial as Webb bids to bolster his squad for a new year push. Lynn's boss is also close to making a final decision on former Northern Ireland international Phil Mulryne's short term future.
“I'm just looking around at my options now,” said Webb. “I would expect to make a decision in the next week regarding Phil and it will be what is right for this football club.
“Ben is in the squad and I'll be interested to see how he goes because I've heard a lot of good reports, but he's only really trained once with the ball because of the frozen pitches. He knows the game and has a good engine.”
Mangotsfield travel without the suspended Alex Ball. Field manager Frank Gregan gives late fitness tests to Jon French and Ronnie Mowatt as the visitors' eye a surprise league double.
“We beat them at our place so we know we are capable of doing it again, but they'll be up for it,” he said.
King's Lynn (from): Howie, West, Lake, Chapman, C Defty, Warren, Crane, Camm, Fisk, J Defty, Melton, Sedgemore, Frew, Turner, Bloomfield, Nolan, Francis, Murray, Mulryne, Buhlemann.
t Lynn officials have unveiled a special ticket offer for next Saturday's home league clash against promotion rivals Hemel Hempstead at The Walks.
Children aged 15 and under will be admitted for a £1 when accompanied by a full paying adult.
The club has also announced two league fixture changes. Lynn will now travel to Team Bath on Tuesday, February 26. Bashley's league visit to The Walks has been re-arranged for Tuesday, March 4.