King’s Lynn Town looking to pick themselves up for trip to Rushall Olympic after frustrating week

Dan Jacob opened the scoring for Lynn against Rushall in August. Picture: Ian Burt Dan Jacob opened the scoring for Lynn against Rushall in August. Picture: Ian Burt

Saturday, December 14, 2013
9:12 AM

King’s Lynn Town haven’t had it their own way in the past seven days – but boss Gary Setchell isn’t getting downbeat about it.

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All connected with the Linnets have been dismayed by the refereeing performances of Neil Guest and Chris Francis in their last two home games.

A 0-0 draw with Nantwich Town – a match in which Lynn were reduced to 10 men for the correct call to send off Street by Guest – on Saturday was followed by a 3-1 reverse at The Walks against Worksop Town three days later. Unfortunately, both games were dominated by a number of contentious decisions by the men in the middle.

However, Lynn’s boss is refusing to dwell on what’s been a frustrating week ahead of what he admits is a difficult trip to Rushall Olympic this afternoon.

Setchell said: “We could have been one or 2-0 up on Tuesday and it would have been a different game, but we weren’t, and we lost 3-1.

“At 3-0 we gambled like anything and we could have probably lost five or 6-0. On the other hand, we scored a goal, and if we would have got another one you just don’t know. Ifs, buts and maybes aren’t any good in football though as it’s all about the results and performances.

“Saturday might have taken a lot out of some of the players who played. We put a hell of a lot of work into Saturday and maybe that told late on Tuesday. Your legs are even tireder when you’re 3-0 down at home after you’ve done a big shift on a Saturday.

“We’ve had a bit of rest but today we go to one of the toughest places in the league to go in Rushall Olympic. It’s not a nice place to go, that’s tough, and they’re good at home. And then we’ve got top, or second in the table, Fylde (December 21).

“There’s no good feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to regroup, try and get something this Saturday, and then set ourselves up for another one of these big clashes at home the following Saturday.”

Today is the Norfolk’s outfit’s first trip to the Pics’ Walsall home and they will be looking to record two other maiden stats – their first Evo-Stik Premier Division double of the season and their only away clean sheet in the league so far.

Rushall, who were defeated 6-0 at the Walks in the second match of the season, have lost just the one match at home in the league. That said, they have not won on home soil since early October and have picked up just one point in their last four outings.

Lynn, eighth, are just six points ahead of Olympic, 17th – who will be pleased to know that the hat-trick hero when the two sides last met, Dan Jacob, no longer plays for Setchell’s men. George Thomson, Andy Hall and Ewan Clarke also scored that night.

Rushall could include former professional striker Dele Adebola in their ranks as well as ex-Linnet Zac Martin. He made seven appearances for the ‘old’ Lynn during their last season of existence in 2009/10.

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