Frontman Rob Duffy in line to make his King’s Lynn Town debut against Droylesden
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The moment all King's Lynn Town fans – and Gary Setchell – have been waiting for could happen this afternoon with Rob Duffy looking set to finally make his Linnets debut.
The former Wales Under-21 striker's decision to sign for Lynn following his release from Skrill (Conference) Premier Lincoln City last term created massive interest from supporters of the non-league game.
However, he has yet to pull on a yellow shirt due to the ankle injury which seems to have ended his playing days in the top-tier of the semi-professional game. Setchell has been patient not to rush the 30-year-old's comeback and today he could get his rewards with the ex-Rushden & Diamonds and Mansfield hitman destined for a place on the substitutes' bench for the first time.
Setchell, whose men host Droylesden, said: 'Rob has been on the long road to recovery. If the game is right he may get a few minutes.'
If he doesn't make his debut at The Walks it looks likely that Duffy will make his footballing return alongside Gary Mills at Worksop Town on Wednesday. The loan midfielder was excellent on his Lynn bow in midweek but is likely to miss out come 3pm after being forced off with tweaked medial knee ligaments during the 1-1 draw with Grantham Town.
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Defender Ryan Fryatt will not be in the squad after agreeing a two-game 'loan' deal with lower-level Dereham Town in order to get some much-needed match fitness. Setchell's troops go into the fixture hoping to extend their decent start to life in the Evo-Stik Premier Division having won one and drawn two of their home games so far.
'We're on eight points and I think it's a fair reflection of how we've played and the level we're at,' said the Linnets chief.
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'People talk about 'you're going to come up and win the league' but we're running on a budget that is similar to last year's one. There's a lot of big hitters in this league and it's disrespectful for people saying Lynn are going to do this and going to do that.
'We're going to have to work very, very hard to get in the top-half of the league. But we're capable of it. If we get in the top half, I've said all along, we'll have had a good season. My targets haven't changed. But we need people like Gary Mills fit. We need Robert Duffy fit. Both are not far away. And we've already been competitive in every game.'
Droylsden, relegated from the Skrill (Conference) North last term, have endured a torrid start to 2013/14. They have failed to win any of their six league matches.