Gary Setchell calls for concentration as table-topping King’s Lynn Town enter title run-in
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Concentration is they key word from the King's Lynn Town camp as they look to keep the destination of the Evo-Stik Division One South title in their own hands.
Gary Setchell's Linnets went top of the table for the first time on Saturday as they won while Coalville, once a huge 17 points clear, slipped up again. Now, with just three matches to go, the Lynn boss is urging his men to keep calm and ensure they don't blow their own two-point advantage during the run in.
Setchell, whose men visit mid-table Market Drayton Town this afternoon, said: 'We are the form horse, we played well last week – it was the complete performance as we defended well, passed the ball well in midfield and were clinical with our chances – but we've just got to keep our concentration. You always need a little bit of luck along the way but I'm a big believer in making your own luck if you work hard enough – and we've got players who can make a difference.
'If I recall, Danny Gay made the difference with a great save five minutes into the second half when we played Drayton at home (Lynn won 3-0) and we could have gone 1-0 down. It could have been a long afternoon for us had that gone in.
'I can't remember us losing too many points from going in front, we've been good front-runners, so it's key that we don't have any lapses in concentration and give ourselves a mountain to club. At 1-0 down we'll start to feel the pressure for sure.'
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Long-term leaders Coalville are also on the road at Rainworth Miners Welfare today looking to pick up only their second win in 12 league games. While their result was of huge importance last week, Setchell admits he's less interested in their exploits now his men have taken control of their championship charge.
He said: 'We certainly won't need anyone telling us how Coalville are getting on. If we are doing our jobs and focusing on our own games, one match at a time, for the next three we can win them all and become league champions. We've got three games, or 270 minutes if you like. Which might as well be 20 games with all the twists and turns that could happen. There's such a high spirit in the camp, which I think will stand us in good stead.
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'We could win today, and be playing at home on Tuesday (against Sheffield) to win the league. Or if we don't do our jobs tomorrow we could be playing on Tuesday to get back in the championship race. It's ebbed and flowed all season. You just don't know what's going to happen. There could be a six-point swing, you just don't know. We could be five points clear by Saturday night, or one behind. It's the nature of the league. We wanted a competitive league and we've got one – and we've enjoyed every minute of it.' Bar captain Richard Bunting (groin), Setchell has a fully-fit squad of players at his disposal. Defender Jason Lee, substituted during Saturday's 2-0 win over Sutton Coldfield Town, came through training in midweek without any problems.