King’s Lynn Town head to Romulus looking to keep up outstanding league record in 2013

12:50 26 February 2013

Russell Dunkley, left, could be rested at Romulus tonight. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Russell Dunkley, left, could be rested at Romulus tonight. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell is targeting a seventh league win of 2013 when his in-form side travel to Romulus this evening.

The Linnets are looking to keep up their 100pc Evo-Stik Division One South record this year against a struggling Roms outfit who are embroiled in a relegation battle.

Their position is in stark contrast to Norfolk’s Step Four new-boys who sit third and look certain to at least end up in a play-off spot. As a result, Setchell admits he’s hoping to return home tonight with another three-point haul to add to his high-flier’s ever-growing collection.

The Lynn boss said: “We believe we can win every game, there’s no question about that. It’s a long journey but we’ve got to go there and get the points.

“If we’re realistic about trying to put pressure on Coalville (top) and staying in there with Stamford (second), Romulus is a place really, no disrespect to them, where we’ve got to try and get three points.

“We need to get three points at home every time we play, it’s as simple as that. And we’ve got to try and get maximum points against the bottom-half teams away. Romulus fall into that bracket.”

Weekend hat-trick hero Dan Quigley should be fit, despite suffering a nasty gash to his leg during Lynn’s 3-2 home win over Newcastle Town.

Captain Richard Bunting returns to the squad after sitting out his two-game suspension and, like the rest of his team-mates, will be hoping for a better experience at Coles Lane come 7.45pm.

He got sent off, as did Phil Gulliver, on Lynn’s last visit to Sutton Coldfield Town’s 3G surface, where Romulus ground share, as a 14-game unbeaten run came crashing to an end. Arriving in the Midlands on the back of a seven-match spell in the league without defeat, the Linnets’ chief admits he hopes it’s plastic fantastic this time around.

“We know what to expect and we’ve got to turn up – even though they’re near the bottom – and give them the respect they deserve,” said Setchell.

“Romulus have had some big results. They won at Stamford this year. But I’ve got my skipper back now which is a boost. I think we missed him a bit on Saturday when the going got tough, especially at the end of the first half when we were all at sixes and sevens.

“I’ve got a good squad to pick from. I made one or two changes at the weekend and I thought (Sam) Mulready did ok when he came on, so we’ll assess it all ahead of the game.”

Striker Russell Dunkley could be rested due to an old ankle problem which has flared up before on synthetic surfaces.

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