Gary Setchell’s surprise at non-league King’s Lynn Town’s flying start to life at Step Four
Gary Setchell has admitted that King's Lynn Town's start to life in a new league has taken him by surprise.
Setchell led the Linnets to promotion last season and, after 15 games in the Evo-Stik Division One South, they are sitting comfortably in second place, just four points off top spot.
The Walks has become something of a fortress, with six wins and two draws, while there is just one defeat on the record – at Sheffield FC, at the beginning of September – all of which has raised a few eyebrows, not least Setchell's.
'I don't think anyone thought it would go this well,' he said. 'But as the games have gone by you can see there is immense character in the team, we have got a never-say-die spirit and togetherness.
'We have a group of players who have been together for only six months – we brought six in – and the togetherness of the squad is something I have never witnessed before and I really believe that is a massive part of what we are doing this year. It has worked well for us.
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'I am absolutely delighted with the way that it's going all the way through the team – delighted with the squad and delighted with the start we have had.'
Whoever finishes top of the table next May is guaranteed promotion, with the next four in the play-offs, and while it's still too early to call, Lynn staked their claims again at the weekend when they beat Halesowen 3-2, thanks to a late goal by Jason Turner.
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'We are just getting as many points as we can. Can we get in the play-offs? We have put ourselves in a great position in the play-offs and it would probably be disappointing now if we didn't make the play-offs. Can we win the league? Of course we can win the league – so can Coalville, so can Stamford, so can three or four other teams in the league.
'At the start of the season there were probably about 14 teams who thought they could win it – that is probably down to six to eight now, and we are definitely one of them. We have put ourselves in a good position, but we're not taking anything for granted.
'We know we have still got to improve through the season, we know we have got a lot of tough games. Teams have given us real tough games here – we know it is going to be equally as tough away, but while we keep picking the points up and teams in fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth keep tripping up over each other we just keep pulling further and further clear.
'We are bang in there, but we are not getting carried away. We are not by any means title favourites – we are a newly-promoted team from last year, and we are enjoying the ride and we will keep going.'