What Chesterfield fans can expect from next National League opponents King's Lynn Town

Chesterfield make a quick return to action on Bank Holiday Monday when they travel to King’s Lynn Town.

Sunday, 29th August 2021, 6:25 pm
Kyle Callan-McFadden is a key player for King's Lynn.

The Spireites did the double over the Linnets last season but they will be facing a much-changed side this time following a number of summer signings.

We spoke to journalist Greg Plummer, who covers the Norfolk outfit for local newspaper Lynn News, for the lowdown on the Blues’ next opponents...

What are King’s Lynn’s ambitions this season?

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Despite going full-time in the summer, Lynn's ambitions this season have to be to survive in the league and build from there.

Manager Ian Culverhouse admitted that his side were given a free hit last season and that they have to get it right this time around.

Lynn have perhaps the smallest budget in the National League and it has been a massive rebuilding job for the management team over the summer with so many incomings and outgoings.

Who have the Linnets signed in the summer?

It has been an extremely busy summer to say the least. It's difficult to say whether Lynn are stronger than last season at such an early stage, but they do look more watertight at the back.

New arrivals Paul Jones, Luis Fernandez, Pierce Bird, Ethan Coleman, Gold Omotayo, Joe Rowley and Junior Morias were handed starts last weekend while fellow new faces Malachi Linton, Daniel Bowry and Munashe Sundire were all on the bench.

Goalkeeper Jones and defender Bird add much-needed experience to a backline which conceded close to 100 goals last season and Sundire is tough in the tackle and loves to venture forward.Culverhouse is hoping Omotayo and Morias will provide plenty of firepower.

What about outgoings?

The big summer departure was star midfielder Sonny Carey, 20, who left to join Championship Blackpool for an undisclosed fee.

Both Michael Gash and Aaam Marriott, who played a huge part in helping the Linnets to back-to-back promotions, also left.

Gash left because of the club’s decision to go full-time and Marriott’s departure followed from the need to furlough players because of the pandemic.

Any injuries or suspensions?

Yes, striker Junior Morias will be missing after being sent off late on in the opening day defeat at home to Southend for a stamp.

Defender Aaron Jones, who is edging closer to a return following a long-term injury, is absent while playmaker Cameron King was missing from the squad against Southend.

What can Chesterfield expect from King’s Lynn this weekend in terms of style of play and the players to look out for?

Whatever side Culverhouse chooses to put out against the Spireites, the Lynn boss will not budge from his philosophy of getting the ball down and trying to play football out from the back.

Rowley started against Southend in midfield and made a good impression; He was excellent in the tackle and very calm in possession. The youngster was happy to dictate play and showed lots of energy, especially in the first half.

Tyler Denton will be another familiar face to Spireites supporters and he was one of the few bright spots for Lynn last season.

Defensively, Kyle Callan-McFadden is a real warrior at the back for Lynn and it will be vital that he remains fit.