Gary Setchell insists King’s Lynn Town will work harder than ever to combat the fact they are no longer a surprise package.

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Step Four new boys Lynn have taken Evo-Stik Division One South by storm with a scintillating start to the season which has seen them climb to the lofty heights of second in the table.

However, after back-to-back league defeats against Sutton Coldfield and Belper – the Linnets’ first Evo-Stik reverse at The Walks – Setchell admits his team can no longer rely on the fact that they are an unknown quantity.

The Lynn boss said: “You don’t go 14 games unbeaten, lose a few games, and then become a bad side. People are perhaps doing a bit of homework on us now. We were a little bit of a surprise package at first if you like.

“We’re well ahead of where we need to be for us to achieve our goals this season though. We’ll keep working hard. I’ll work harder than ever, the players will work harder than ever.

“Our goal was to try and finish in the top five and we’re in a great position to do that. We’ve not given up on winning the league either.

“We can go on another 10-game run, we know that. We’re good enough, we’re strong enough and we’re fit enough. We just need to cut out the individual errors and be a little bit mentally tougher.

“The lads in the dressing room are mentally strong. You’ve only got to see how they played second half on Saturday (against Belper) after the first to see that.”

A third defeat on the bounce in midweek didn’t concern Setchell as he blooded a host of the club’s young stars and fringe players during a 3-1 home League Cup defeat to Stamford.

Midfielder Danny White, who returned to Lynn last week, found the net and the Linnets boss believes his squad will soon look stronger than ever.

“We had to get some rest into a few players by letting them sit out Tuesday because unfortunately the fixture list doesn’t really allow it,” said Setchell, who also recently snapped up Histon playmaker George Thomson on loan.

“I’ve brought a few lads in to make the squad bigger because we have got some tired players.

On the plus side, Jason Lee will be back shortly, Beauy (Danny Beaumont), and Sam (Mulready) are not millions of miles away from a return, so we’re just going to have to muddle through until then.

“We’ve got some big games in the next few weeks. We don’t want to just peter away – we’ve had a decent start now – and we want to stay in the mix.”

Setchell’s FA Trophy heroes – who have knocked out higher-level sides Barwell, Carshalton Athletic and Eastbourne Borough in this season’s competition already – face their next test at Worksop Town in the first round tomorrow.

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