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King's Lynn boss vows to put his stamp on club's National League survival bid

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King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington is ready to put his stamp on the club's National League survival bid.

Widdrington knows time is running out for his side who have won just once in their last 14 leagues games and are without a point this year.

And Lynn's boss is set to act following Friday night's 2-1 defeat to Southend where a controversial penalty decision robbed his side a share of the spoils.

King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington. (54399633)
King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington. (54399633)

Maidenhead's two victories against Chesterfield and Halifax this week have opened up an 11-point cushion over the bottom three in the table and Widdrington said: "The players were told in no uncertain terms before the game that it's time to ship in or ship out.

"There might be a few things happening at the start of the week. I've had enough looking at being nice but now I've got to be brutal if I'm being honest.

"There's still certain people programmed or computerised to play sideways and backwards and I don't want to do that.

"You look at Southend tonight, what they did competitively again, again, they asked questions of our back three.

"From that point if they are doing that, and this the club who played in the championship ten years ago or whenever it was and we were a village team three seasons ago, you learn, learn everyday.

"They don't want to play like Manchester City or Liverpool, they know what they are doing.

"Kev (Maher) is a fantastic football man and they've got people here who know what they are doing.

"Their fortunes have changed so I don't see why ours can't."

Lynn's boss was delighted with the performance of loan signing Harry Phipps who marked his debut with a goal.

"The goal was a bonus, but we know he's effective in both boxes," admitted Widdrington.

"He's also an honest lad when it comes to his game. He'll head a brick for you and I don't think there's enough of that in the group.

"If you look at who we've brought in, Zain Walker apart, they're all combative lads and I feel that's where we've lacked.

"You cannot as a football club expect to out-football every team in this division. You have to go toe-to-toe with them and win your battles."

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