In-form King’s Lynn Town hoping home advantage will help them cope better against Leek Town
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Promotion-chasing King's Lynn Town will be looking to stretch their 11-game unbeaten league run today when they host Leek Town.
Gary Setchell's high-flying Linnets haven't lost in Evo-Stik Division One South since December and sit third going into the closing stages of what's already been a memorable campaign.
However, the Lynn manager knows his men will have to play better than they did when the drew 1-1 at Leek in December if they wish to keep their sensational streak going this afternoon.
He said: 'They murdered us at their place. We lost Dunks (Russell Dunkley) early on and a lot of forward players under-performed on the day. The back seven were magnificent, blocked everything and nearly hung on but we conceded late on and to be fair should have lost. But today will be a different proposition as we're stronger now than we were then and we're at home. We've got to try and keep our unbeaten run going.
'We've kept two clean sheets in our last three matches and if we keep doing that we'll be hard to beat. We've not scored in only three games this season and if we keep scoring and keep them out at the back we'll win more than we lose. We just need to have to take the game to them and hopefully home advantage can help.
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'I've been quite critical of the crowd not getting behind us early on in matches at home so we need to give the supporters something to shout about rather than them getting on our backs.'
Leek, 10th, harbour ambitions of gatecrashing the top five and reaching the end of season play-offs. Their squad includes two of the league's top marksmen, Tim Grice – who scored in the earlier meetings between the two sides – and 20-goal Andy Kinsey, who netted against Lynn while playing for Kidsgrove Athletic.
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But The Walks outfit, who have drawn their last two matches, have added creative and goal-scoring class to their squad recently in Dan Jacob and Setchell believes his arrival will boost the Linnets' attacking intent.
'Fans will be looking forward to seeing Dan play and it's a good signing for us,' said Setchell.
'Players need time to settle in but some land running and hopefully he can. I'm sure he can provide that balance that we have missed since Jamie Thurlbourne left as he's an out-and-out left-sided midfielder. We'll be able to use both sides of the pitch fully now which will help us not be so one-dimensional.'
Dan Quigley (knee) faces a late fitness test after missing last weekend's 0-0 draw at Newcastle Town. Captain Richard Bunting (groin) looks set to continue playing through the pain. But back-up 'keeper Alex Street will not be available after he signed dual registration forms to get some game time with United Counties Premier Division Deeping Rangers.
Setchell, whose side could move up to second if they better Stamford's result at home to Chasetown, said: 'Other results were great for us in the week but we've got to be careful we don't drop too many points. We need to make sure we cement out place in the top three for home advantage in the play-offs.'
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