Defender Lee returns from suspension as new striker McDonald prepares to make King’s Lynn Town debut

Lynn's Jason Lee. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's Jason Lee. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Defender Jason Lee – King's Lynn Town's only ever-present in the league this term – is available for selection again this afternoon.

The left-sided centre-back has featured in all 18 of his side's Evo-Stik Premier Division matches this term and has only missed one game since the start of the campaign – Wednesday's League Cup exit at Worksop Town.

But the rock at the heart of Gary Setchell's back four looks likely to regain his place alongside Ryan Fryatt with youngster Chris Ward, who played in place of the suspended Lee in midweek, expected to either drop to the bench, back down to the reserves, or feature on 'loan' for Dereham Town.

Lynn host Witton Albion today hoping to keep up their quest for a top-half finish in the reformed club's first season at Step Three of the non-league ladder. But it won't be an easy task with the visitors arriving on the back of a six-game unbeaten run and looking to complete the double over a side they beat 1-0 in August.

Setchell said he learned plenty about Albion that day and will be looking for his men to start faster than they did last time out at The Walks during a 2-1 triumph over Ashton United.

Lynn's boss said: 'We lost there in August and I know we've got to take our chances today.

'DJ (Dan Jacob, no longer at the club), had two good goalscoring opportunities and didn't take them. A lot of times last year we came from behind, but in this league when teams go in front they are much harder to break down.

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'We got away with it against Ashton but it's a big thing for us. To try and stay in the game and not end up chasing it.'

Both of this afternoon's teams went out of cup competitions during the week. Albion crashed out of the FA Trophy while Lynn's penalty shootout loss to Worksop Town saw them fall at the first hurdle of the league's Doodson Sports Cup.

But Setchell is adamant he saw many more positives than negatives from his experimental team on the night.

The Lynn boss, who started three of the club's second-string players, said: 'We should have been in front at half-time. Then we went 2-0 down and could have thrown the towel in.

'We showed a lot of character to come back into it, go in front, and then they scored with the last kick of the game. We scored four of our five penalties, two in sudden death, and it still wasn't enough. It just wasn't meant to be.'

- Setchell last night snapped up striker Massiah McDonald from Grantham Town.

Last term the frontman was released by Worksop Town to join Matlock Town and the frontman notched 18 goals for the Gladiators in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

McDonald arrives at The Walks after having his contract terminated by the Gingerbreads.

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