Gary Setchell keen to avoid last-day title decider as King’s Lynn Town close in on historic title

Dan Jacob is rated as 50/50 for tonight's game, as is Dan Quigley. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Dan Jacob is rated as 50/50 for tonight's game, as is Dan Quigley. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Gary Setchell hopes his men can avoid the drama of a last-day title decider by clinching King's Lynn Town's first trophy this evening.

A victory in front of their own fans would guarantee the Linnets, reformed in 2010 after the original club went out of business, their first piece of silverware.

Two league runners-up medals, and the same prize in last season's League Cup, have been scant consolation for almost three seasons' worth of challenging for honours on many fronts.

Yet, the champagne will flow at The Walks well into the night if the Linnets beat Sheffield to secure the Evo-Stik Division One South crown ahead of out-of-sorts rivals Coalville Town – who once had a 17-point gap over Norfolk's Step Four new-boys.

Ahead of a trip to third-placed Belper on Saturday, Setchell knows this evening's match is their best chance to finally shake off that nearly-men tag. He said: 'I'd say it's our best opportunity to win it. Belper are the hugely in-form team in the league. It would be difficult for us to go there knowing we might have to win the game to guarantee the title.

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'We've won our last 10 games at home in the league and I'm sure I speak for everyone connected with Lynn when I say I hope that we make it 11. My message to the lads will be to go out and relax, play and enjoy it. If results don't go our way we'll still be top.

'I never thought in my wildest dreams that we'd be four points clear with two games to go. I thought we'd at least maybe be behind, or perhaps level, ahead of Coalville's last two tough games at Leek tonight and at home to Chasetown on Saturday.

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'We only need to equal their result this evening. If we lose, and they lose, we win the title. If they draw, and we draw, we win the title. I'm sure I'll be aware of what they're doing but I'll certainly be concentrating on my own players.'

Lynn, who won 1-0 at Market Drayton Town at the weekend while Coalville drew 1-1 at Rainworth Miners Welfare, will definitely be missing captain Richard Bunting.

His central-midfield partner in crime Dan Quigley (hip) is rated as 50/50, as is attacker Dan Jacob (thigh), after the influential pair picked up knocks during their side's weekend win.

Setchell said of the duo: 'In all fairness to them, they've been two of the first names on the team sheet over the last five or six weeks. It would be a massive blow, on top of Bunts being out, but we'd have to deal with it. If the 11 that go out there give me everything they've got I'm sure we'll have enough.'

Sheffield, ninth, beat Lynn 2-0 in September's reverse fixture.

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