Defender Ross Watson can’t wait to be involved for King’s Lynn Town again tonight after completing the longest suspension of his life.

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Watson has sat out the last three Lynn games after being sent off for his role in a melee at Wellingborough Town after Jason Turner had been recklessly hacked by Daryl Lawman.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell described the decision to send off the 24-year-old for violent conduct as a joke and Watson admits he still feels aggrieved at the early bath he was given on the day.

“It’s been very frustrating to serve a suspension when I shouldn’t have been suspended in the first place,” said Watson.

“It’s a difficult one to take when you’re totally in the right and you’re sent off for something you didn’t do. I’m passionate and I wear my heart on my sleeve, but I was accused of punching and I’m not that sort of character.

“I missed two FA Cup games, which was a big blow, and the result (defeat in replay to Daventry) made it even worse.”

Lynn welcome Brigg Town to The Walks this evening for their sixth Evo-Stik Division One South game of the season.

Having lost just once in his absence, Watson says he knows he may still have to wait a little longer to get back across that white line for the first time since early September.

The defender said: “I’ve been there for every session and game since I’ve been banned, but I’m excited to be back. It’s always frustrating on match days when you can’t do anything about what’s going on. You also miss the build-up, the banter, and that feeling you get at the start of the game when you’ve got the bit between your teeth.

“You’re there, but it’s not the same. So I’m just looking forward to hopefully being involved, whether that’s from the start or from the bench. No player should expect to walk back into the team, whatever his name, especially off the back of three points.”

Russell Dunkley – an unused substitute during Saturday’s 3-2 win at Lincoln United – will undergo a late fitness test on a calf problem. Goal-scoring substitutes Jamie Forshaw and Rob Hughes, as well as Danny Beaumont, are all pushing for a start.

Setchell said: “We’ve got Ross and maybe Dunks coming back. Hughesy and Forshaw did very well on Saturday and Beauy had one of his best games of the season. I’ve got a nice headache and hopefully I can pick a team that will go out there and win the game.”

- Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table-toppers Dereham Town will put their 100pc record on the line at home to unbeaten fourth-placed Gorleston tonight.

Wayne Anderson’s Fakenham Town will be looking to end March Town United’s three-game winning steak as they host an intriguing First Division encounter.

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