Champions King’s Lynn Town head to Belper Town on the crest of a title-winning wave
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Gary Setchell takes his champions to Belper this afternoon, still riding the crest of wave from Tuesday's unforgettable night at The Walks.
King's Lynn Town, formed after the 'old' Lynn were wound up in the High Court in 2009, lifted the first trophy in their short three-year history by beating Sheffield 2-1 in front of almost 2,000 fans.
Hundreds of supporters stormed the pitch in celebration to salute their Evo-Stik Division One South title-winning heroes at the final whistle – scenes Setchell admits he will never forget.
The Lynn boss, whose side were once 17 points behind Coalville Town, said: 'If you read it in The Sun, Melchester Rovers or something, you'd say 'how far fetched is that?' This club rose from the dead three years ago and we've come from the dead this season. And long may it continue.
'It was a League Two reception on Tuesday night. I won the Conference at Rushden and it was nothing like that. It was a proper football reaction. There was a lot of relief, to get back to where we were. A lot of fans, players, there was a lot of feelings went running on that pitch at the end. Not just for winning the league. There was a lot of love for the football club at the end there.'
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Lynn, who have achieved back-to-back promotions, go into their last league game with no worries or pressure after avoiding the drama of a last-day title decider by winning in midweek.
The club's first piece of silverware has seen them move up to Step Three of the non-league ladder, the level the club were at before it went out of business and had to be reformed.
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'We're certainly not going to keep jumping up the leagues like we have done in the last two years with back-to-back promotions,' said Setchell.
'But, hopefully these fans will keep coming back and we can sustain where we are and hopefully mix it up at the next level, have a look at it for a time, and you never ever know.'
Belper, guaranteed of at least a third-placed finish, will play in a play-off semi-final on Monday. The Linnets will also be in Bank Holiday action when they host their fellow Step Four champions, Evo-Stik Division One North winners Skelmersdale United, in the Peter Swales Challenge Shield final.