Home comforts give King’s Lynn Town chance to kick-start season

George Thomson celebrates scoring for Lynn in last season's 1-1 draw with Grantham at The Walks. Pic

George Thomson celebrates scoring for Lynn in last season's 1-1 draw with Grantham at The Walks. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Home advantage could help kick-start King's Lynn Town's season this month – starting tonight against Grantham Town.

The Linnets sit ninth in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division table after 11 games and now have three successive home games.

In total, Lynn started a run of six successive matches at The Walks on Saturday, beating Lancaster City 3-2 in the third qualifying round.

They now have three home league games before Conference North big boys AFC Fylde come to Norfolk for the final FA Cup qualifying round on October 25, before one more league game on home turf against Belper Town at the end of the month.

First Gary Setchell's side must focus their attentions on Grantham though, who sit 16th in the table and have won just three of their 12 league games, but were only narrowly beaten 2-1 in the FA Cup by Conference North side North Ferriby United on Saturday.


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'We've got Grantham now and I don't think that'll be one for the purists – a little bit like Halesowen,' Lynn boss Setchell said.

'They're very direct, they're big and they hit a lot of longs balls into (Greg) Smith and that's something we'll have to deal with. It's not about who played well on Saturday and what worked, it might not work on Tuesday.

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'I'll sit down, I'll do my homework – like I always do meticulously – and we'll pick a team for the game. And hopefully, with three home games on the bounce, we can pick up some half-decent points and start trying to finish above where we finished last year and maybe, just hopefully, make an assault on the top five.'

Setchell is well aware of the threat which Grantham can pose though.

Lynn drew 1-1 at home to Grantham last season and lost 2-0 away, as both teams finished in mid-table in the Evo-Stik Premier. The Linnets also know that the Gingerbreads have a dangerous centre-forward they will need to be wary of as well, in the shape of Gregg Smith.

He has only managed three goals so far this campaign but proved his ability when scoring 22 goals last season.

And Setchell revealed that Smith could have been running out for Lynn at The Walks tonight, if he had got his way.

'I tried to sign Smith in the summer,' Setchell said. 'I spoke to him as he scored 21 goals from open play last season. He's not pretty on the eye, he's a big lad, but he only scored three less than (former Worksop striker, Leon) Mettam last season.

'I spoke to him but he was on contract. He's a player that I know about and he's a handful. He can do nothing and look awkward but he's very effective. He can be a bully so we'll have to deal with him.

'They're busy in midfield too. We don't great against Stamford or Grantham regularly so it's something we're going to have to try and put right. We need to turn up with the right mentality for a fight as well as a football match.'

Setchell said he has no fresh injury worries ahead of the game, although defender Henry Eze is available after being cup-tied on Saturday.

Tickets for Lynn's FA Cup tie with AFC Fylde go on sale tonight.

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