Gary Setchell happy to be home as King’s Lynn Town prepare to welcome Frome Town
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After trips to Devon, Berkshire and Dorset, Gary Setchell is relieved to finally be playing a fixture in Norfolk again.
Most would understand why King's Lynn Town were starting to feel travel sick after their last three matches – four if you include the FA Trophy trip to Cheshire-based Nantwich – in the Southern League Premier were staged outside of Nelson's County.
So it's no wonder that Setchell and all of those connected to the men in bue and gold are breathing a sigh of relief that this afternoon's action will take place at The Walks.
Frome Town will make the journey from Somerset and Lynn's manager is glad it's the Robins who are enduring a lengthy road trip.
Setchell said: 'I can't tell you how pleased I am to be at home after accumulating a few thousands miles travelling over the last few weeks.
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'The last two games against Hungerford and Dorchester, I felt with just a little more luck on our side we could have come away with a result.
'But the story so far from this campaign is that our away form hasn't been good enough and myself and Neil (Fryatt, assistant) will work hard on and off the field to improve this.'
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Lynn's progress has been checked slightly by back-to-back defeats. Yet they go into today's match, sitting 14th in the table, in far better spirits than their opponents. The Robins are currently in the relegation zone and have only scored five goals in nine league outings on the road.
Setchell's side won the last time they battled it out for points on their own turf against Slough Town on November 7.
And although he's pleased to be back in familiar surroundings, the Lynn chief – also the club's general manager – has been able to take some positives from their hard yards up and down the country.
'The day after the Dorchester game the squad all travelled down to London for our Christmas party,' Setchell also told his club's official website.
'This is something we have done the last couple of years. All the lads had a great time and this can only help boost the already excellent camaraderie of the squad as they're spending more time together.'
That feeling of positivity will not be felt by Conor Marshall (knee) after he discovered his season was over this week. Joining him on the sidelines for Frome's visit is Lee Smith (calf) while there are also fitness concerns over striker Sam Mulready (hamstring).