Lewis Webb: I needed a fresh start away from St Neots

LEWIS Webb has told The Hunts Post that he needed a ‘fresh start’ after a personally disappointing promotion season with St Neots Town.

The 22-year-old midfielder signed for Northern Counties Division One side King’s Lynn Town last week, following the Norfolk club’s surprise ‘best losers’ promotion after their second place finish in the Premier Division of the United Counties League.

Webb, the former Peterborough United trainee who now works at London Road as a youth coach, said: “I had a good time at St Neots but didn’t really have a good season last year.

“I put that down to myself – I had a few issues away from football which affected my game – but I understand football and I work in football and if you are not performing you are not going to get picked.

“I’m my own worst critic and if I have had a bad game and I will go home and not talk to anyone.

“At least I ended the season well and during the last but one game the fans were singing ‘Webby for England’.

“I have nothing but respect for the club, Dennis Greene and Mike Kearns Maybe one day I’ll be back. They are all top fellas at St Neots.”

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Webb was linked with UCL big spenders Spalding United before agreeing to join Gary Setchell’s ambitious club. This was despite Blue Square Bet North side Corby Town also showing an interest in the tough-tackling central midfielder. “Spalding were the first club I talked to and then King’s Lynn came in and Corby were interested, too,” he said.

It will be Webb’s second spell at The Walks after playing 17 games for the club following his release by Peterborough.

He continued: “I just felt King’s Lynn had the biggest ambition. They have the fans there to go further.

“I was at St Neots for two-and-a half seasons and obviously the back-to-back promotions are the highlights – but I really enjoyed the United Counties League championship season. I scored 20 goals that year.”

Webb’s former manager at St Neots, Dennis Greene, paid tribute to the player he named as club captain at the start of last season.

He said: “He has been a great player for us and he will be missed. But we understand why he wanted to move on and we wish him all the best.”

The Saints’ first pre-season friendly just happens to be against King’s Lynn – at The Walks on Saturday July 14.

“It will be interesting to play St Neots so soon after leaving,” said Webb. “I have been training hard and I’ll be reminding them what I’m like…”