Action from King's Lynn Town v Stamford at The Walks - Lynn Manager Gary Setchell. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Gary Setchell hopes Stamford victory can reignite King’s Lynn Town’s promotion push

Friday, January 4, 2013
10.10 AM

Gary Setchell hopes Lynn’s New Year’s Day victory over Stamford can kick-start their 2013 push for promotion.

While the Linnets FA Trophy glory has continued all season their Evo-Stik Division One South form stuttered at the end of the year.

A run of five games without a win, their worst spell of the campaign, was ended with a 2-1 home triumph over the Daniels – who also currently occupy a play-off position – and Setchell believes his side’s victory will help them get back on track.

“I think we’ll definitely build on it. We’ve got good players, we’ve got a fit squad, and when the games have been off in December we haven’t taken our foot off the gas,” said the Lynn boss.

“We’ve gone and trained on an absolute bog over the back there (behind Lynn’s ground). We’ve worked our lads hard because Christmas is a busy period. You’ve also got to credit our lads for their discipline.

“Obviously it was clear to see none of them went out partying on New Year’s Eve because the energy levels were different class and towards the end I thought we ran Stamford into the ground a little bit.

“Although we’ve got 10 home games left I think a win was important to keep the snow away from the door. The pack in behind us were getting closer.

“It was a big win for us because when we come back to the league in a couple of weeks we know, even if we drop a couple of places, we’ll be in fairly good shape. It was a massive win for us.”

Stamford took the lead before a brace from frontman Shane Tolley, including an 87th-minute winner, secured Lynn’s comeback success.

Setchell’s men, fourth, can move up to second if they win their games in hand. But with league leaders Coalville Town disappearing over the horizon the Lynn boss admits three points were the only solution to keep their hopes of catching the Ravens alive.

He said: “It was a huge win because we’re still alive and have got a chance of winning the title. It was two good teams cancelling each other out for most of the game.

“It was a top-of-the-table clash. The quality wasn’t great but the effort and desire from both teams was first class. It was a proper football match full of hard work and few chances.

“I said to the lads at half-time ‘don’t be the one to make a mistake that costs us the game’. Then on 47 minutes we didn’t stop the cross, we lost a man at the far post, and you think can we dig in again and get a result? And we did.”

Lynn take another break from the league tomorrow when they travel to the county’s Football Development Centre for a Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final against Norwich City Under-21s.

Setchell’s men exited the competition at the same stage against the Premier League club’s talented youngsters last season following a 1-0 home defeat. But, with a FA Trophy third round tie against Blue Square Premier Southport around the corner, the Lynn boss insists he will shuffle his squad for the match against the Canaries.

- A coach, departing The Walks at 1pm, is going to the clash with Norwich. Tickets cost adults £8 and under-16s £5. Call 01553 766088 to book.