Gary Setchell getting set for what he believes is the ‘biggest game’ of season for King’s Lynn Town

08:30 06 February 2016

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Gary Setchell is refusing to downplay the importance of King’s Lynn Town’s latest Southern League Premier examination.

The Linnets – who were switched into the set-up from the equivalent northern division in the summer – are in a far better place than they were 12 months ago. Instead of looking nervously over their shoulders, Setchell’s side are now glancing upwards and hoping to gatecrash the play-offs. Today’s visit of highly-rated Redditch United will provide another huge test, a fact Lynn’s boss is not shying away from.

“I think we’re going to need to raise the bar,” said Setchell, whose side sit four points outside the top five.

“Redditch are in form and they’ve got outstanding players for the level. (Jamey) Osborne is destined for bigger and better things. They’re a very good side but it’s just a huge game for us in terms of our season. At the stage we’re at now, we haven’t got time to make up for a couple of losses in a row.

“We need to try and keep ourselves in and amongst it. We’ve got Redditch today and then Dunstable, Weymouth, Dorchester and Hitchin coming up soon. They’re all teams around us so our destiny is in our own hands and if we’re serious about making the play-offs we need to get a result.”

A 4-1 defeat at title-challenging Chippenham Town last time out has heaped more pressure on the outcome of this afternoon’s clash. United, fifth, have lost just once in 15 matches and possess the league’s meanest defence. But Walks wins over sides like league-leading Poole will provide plenty of hope that Town can add another three points to their growing total.

Setchell added: “Redditch might have one of the best away records but our home record is very good.

“We’ve beaten some very good teams at home and we need to try and do that again so we can keep ourselves in the hunt. If we lose we’ll be seven points off the top five and then you’ve got to win three or four games before you can even think about talking about the play-offs again. For me, it’s the biggest game of our season.”

Teenage striker Dylan Edge is likely to miss out after chipping a bone in his big toe. Toby Hilliard will undergo a late fitness test on an ankle problem.

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