‘We want to awaken West Norfolk’s sleeping giant’, says King’s Lynn Town skipper Richard Bunting
10:28 23 November 2012
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Skipper Richard Bunting says King’s Lynn Town are determined to win the league and awaken West Norfolk’s sleeping giant.
The Linnets are well on the road to recovery after their financial ills of 2009, when they were wound up by the High Court with £150,000-plus debts and missed the rest of the season.
The club was resurrected and the Linnets are now flying high in the Evo-Stik Division One South – two levels below the dizzy heights of Conference North, from which they were demoted three years ago because of ground safety issues.
Attendance figures at The Walks are way above every other club’s in the league, and Bunting says the intention is to get the club back to where it belongs.
“Everyone in the dressing room knows it is a sleeping giant and it is our job, the lads who are there now, just to try and get it another step closer to where the club should be,” said Bunting.
Lynn advanced to the first round of the FA Trophy last weekend, but the intensity of the 3-0 win over Eastbourne Borough, who play higher up the non-league pyramid, perhaps played a part in a pair of defeats that followed – at Sutton Coldfield and then, for the first time this season, at The Walks against Belper Town.
This weekend Lynn face a tough trip to Worksop, with Bunting’s red card at Sutton Coldfield not kicking in until next week.
Bunting was an unused sub in Tuesday’s League Cup defeat at home to Stamford on a night when manager Gary Setchell rested his front-line players ahead of the weekend, but the midfielder knows it is all about success in the bread and butter of the league.
“The bar has risen somewhat,” said Bunting. “Now it’s is about how we bounce back. We are likely to lose again before the end of the season I am sure, but it is about how we bounce back.”
Bunting believes the togetherness of the dressing room makes like easier for Setchell: “We are looking to win the league and establish ourselves at the top,” he said.
“There is not a great deal that needs to be said going into games – we all know our jobs.
“There is a really good camaraderie in the dressing room, with some big characters and there are some big leaders as well.”