Greg Taylor is expected to resume central defensive duties today as King’s Lynn Town look to extend their current run of form in the National League North danger zone.

Taylor has missed the last two games – a home success over South Shields and last weekend’s win up at Blyth Spartans.

But the former Cambridge United player is likely to return to face fellow relegation strugglers Rushall Olympic in a six-pointer at The Walks.

Lynn boss Adam Lakeland has lost midfielder Quevin Castro, who was recalled from his loan by York City, and will be without right-sided defender Kian Ronan, who is away on international duty with Gibraltar for home and away National League games against Lithuania next Thursday and then the following Tuesday respectively.

Lakeland has a ready-made replacement, with Ross Barrows due to make his homecoming appearance after joining on a month’s loan from Scunthorpe United.

The popular and versatile defender last donned a Linnets shirt at The Walks at the end of April, 2022, scoring in a 3-3 draw with Eastleigh which confirmed Lynn’s relegation to the National League North.

Taylor’s return could well see Sam Walker back on the bench and on coaching duties alongside Lakeland – although the postponement of Tuesday’s game at Bishop’s Stortford means there should be no fitness issues. Walker slotted into Taylor’s role without a join and his experience and skillset could be vital today against a Rushall side who have lost four of their last six but harbour similar ambitions of survival.

The adaptability to move some players around does help Lakeland, whose team are gunning for an eighth consecutive game unbeaten.

“Greg's been outstanding for us since he came to us,” he said recently. “He's got so much experience and composure. We've had a settled back line, and it’s no surprise that once we've had that and that balance and that extra experience, it has coincided with our upturn in results.”

Walker was an easy replacement for Taylor. “I just felt the best way for us to go was to just drop Sam down because it meant that it was minimal disruption to the rest of the team. We could stay in that same shape.”

Rushall, who trail Lynn by two points, are likely to include Rico Patterson, who has joined on loan for the rest of the season from Birmingham City.