King's Lynn striker beginning to show glimpses of why he was brought to The Walks
After a frustrating start to life with King’s Lynn Town, Gold Omotayo is starting to show Linnets fans and his manager what he is all about going into tomorrow’s fourth round FA Trophy tie at Tonbridge Angels.
The Swiss striker opened his National League account for the club in the 4-2 home defeat to Notts County on Tuesday night, but it was his all-round display against the Magpies that impressed boss Tommy Widdrington.
Before Tuesday night, the big frontman had struggled for form and goals following his arrival from Wrexham in the summer with his only other goal coming in the FA Cup victory over Peterborough Sports.
“People always blame strikers for not scoring goals, but if you don’t get the service then you can’t expect them to score goals,” said Widdrington.
“I thought he was excellent tonight, big Goldy, and I hope a lot of people start to get off his back now.
“The style of football that he’s been part of did not suit him, now it does because we want to service the guy.
“He’s robust, he’s big, a nuisance and technically not bad, but he’s a handful and if you’ve got a handful then use it.
“We need to service him better, it’s about getting better deliveries into the box, not just pumping it up to him but putting the ball in areas when he can affect the game or even create a chance for somebody else.
“Forwards always get judged on goals, that’s the nature of the beast, but how many balls did he head out of our own box from free-kicks and corners tonight?”
The Linnets go into tomorrow’s tie as favourites by virtue of playing in a higher league although Lynn teams have not had much luck on their trips to Tonbridge, whether it be to the Angel Ground or, after 1980, the Longmead Stadium, with one win in ten visits.
Currently in 19th place in the Vanarama National League South, Tonbridge progressed to the fourth round of the Buildbase FA Trophy following victories over Canvey Island (1-0) and Torquay United (2-1).
Last Saturday, Tonbridge defeated Hungerford Town to bring an end to a run of ten matches without a league win.
“They’ll fancy their chances against us, but we need to show the quality we showed against Notts County in spells,” said Widdrington.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a game of tiddlywinks, the players will want to win and I will want to win it.
“We’re only in three or four competitions. We’re not going to win the league but we could win this trophy and it’s a change of scenery for the players.”