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It will almost be home from home when King’s Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington takes his side to Southend in the National League tonight.

Widdrington doesn’t live a million miles from Roots Hall and once worked with the Shrimpers as assistant manager.

“I don’t live far from Southend’s ground and I have worked there before,” said Widdrington.

King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington. (53820522)
King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington. (53820522)

“We are under no illusions. I think with the staff and the people who are running their operation now I can’t see Southend struggling for much longer.

“I can see them having an upturn in their form which they already have under Kev (Maher)

“He is a good football man, a great coach, we are going there knowing it is another scenario, fortunately or unfortunately after the Dover game, where everyone we are playing are clubs with massive stature and infrastructure compared to ourselves.

“But I am not going to use that as an excuse every week because if I look at the table the vast majority of clubs are like that, what we have got to do is make sure on footballing terms we have got to go there and give them a game and take out of there what we can.

“The season won’t be defined on Friday night. I know I have a figure in my head on how many games we have got to win, which games we have got to win, but it never works like that, if you try to play football on paper it is nonsense – every game is 11 v 11 and a team prepared and functioning right on the day or night will come out victors.

“We will try and do that every time we take to the pitch, what I am hoping
for is we do it more often than not.”

Lynn’s boss yesterday added to his ranks by signing attacking midfielder Harry Phipps on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge for the remainder of the season.

Phipps’ progress with the Daggers was hampered by a cruciate injury back in 2020, from which he has now fully recovered.

His arrival came on the back of Widdrington returning to his former club Bristol Rovers earlier in the week to bring youngster Zain Walker back to The Walks.

Walker spent a month’s loan with the Linnets last September and has signed a deal until the end of the current season along with left-back Olly Scott who initially arrived in Norfolk on trial before Christmas.



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