Kevin Lynch throws down gauntlet to strikers

KEVIN LYNCH will give Marine's other strikers every chance to fill the void left by Marcus Carver but admits he will not hesitate in looking for new faces if necessary.

The Mariners waved goodbye to their top scorer on Saturday as Carver's loan spell from Accrington Stanley came to an end.

Football Association rules for such short term loans means the player must return to their parent club after 93 days.

Lynch has revealed that Marine would be able to approach the League Two side over a fresh loan deal in a month but the Whites manager wants first to see the squad's remaining forwards prove they can pick up the slack left by the nine-goal hitman.

Marine are the third highest scorers in the Evo-Stik Premier Division with Carver netting their only goal in last weekend's defeat to league leaders North Ferriby United.

Lynch described the Mariners as "outstanding" but was left to rue the "basic errors" which handed Ferriby a two goal lead inside 20 minutes.

The manager believes his side will soon buck their run form which has seen three consecutive defeats, even without leading marksman Carver, hopefully starting at home to Grantham Town on Saturday.

"I have that in my mind," said Lynch, when asked if he was looking to replace Carver.

"Ideally though, I would love the lads already at the club to pick up the mantle and take us forward.

"I am willing them to do well.

"The games are coming thick and fast and the lads can prove to me they can pick up he mantle.

"They are capable and we have three of the leading scorers in the division. After Marcus, Andy Fowler and Nick Rogan.

"But we also need to work on our creativity to feed the lads."

On Carver's contribution, Lynch added: "He has been outstanding for us and I will keep an eye on his progress.

"We would love nothing more than for him to get in the Accrington Stanley team. He is going back there a much, much better player.

"Of course, we would love to have him back and he has already told me he would want that, if he needed another loan spell away from Accrington."

Lynch admits his decision to change goalkeepers for Saturday's game with Ferriby may have back-fired.

The Marine boss chose Callum Williams over usual first choice Ryan McMahon.

"We gifted them two goals," said Lynch.

"I changed the goalkeeper for Saturday and take nothing away from Callum, who is a young and up and coming keeper, but he made two major errors.

"Ryan McMahon came back from his hamstring injury recently but, in my opinion, he had been holding back on his kicking. He wants to play - and credit to him for that - but I felt that could put us under pressure on Saturday.

"Every team goes through a blip but there is no need to panic because we were outstanding against Ferriby and if we continue that then our run of form will change."

Marine are expecting to welcome back Matty Brown for Saturday's home game with Grantham Town but John Shaw begins a three game ban.

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