‘It’s a must-win game’: Gary Setchell on King’s Lynn Town’s trip to table-topping Coalville Town

Lynn fans will be hoping for similar scenes as these tonight when Steve Spriggs celebrated a goal ag

Lynn fans will be hoping for similar scenes as these tonight when Steve Spriggs celebrated a goal against Coalville earlier this term. Picture: Ian Burt. - Credit: IAN BURT

Gary Setchell insists King's Lynn Town must pull off a memorable win at Coalville Town tonight if they want to keep their title hopes alive.

The Linnets travel to Leicestershire to face the league leaders in what's set to be a barnstorming match between two of Evo-Stik Division One South's best sides.

The promotion-chasing outfits have become rivals over the last few years after they met in an FA Vase semi-final in 2011. And Setchell is hoping for a better result on Lynn's latest trip to Owen Street – where they lost 3-0 two seasons ago – to prevent Coaville from putting one hand on the league trophy.

He said: 'It's a must-win game for us if we're going to win the league. We can't go there and draw now. I felt if we got four points from our two games (including Saturday's match at Newcastle Town which ended 0-0) we could be in with a shout.

'If we win the game, we'll be live, and if we don't you've got to start thinking they'll win the league. But we're not going to give it up. I'm revved up for this title race, the lads are revved up and we're 11 unbeaten.'


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Lynn missed a host of chances during the weekend's draw at Newcastle to slip two points further behind the Ravens.

But the Evo-Stik pacesetters have dropped nine points from their last 15 and now sit just 13 ahead of the third–placed Linnets – having played two games more.

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Coalville are yet to lose at home in the league this term and have only suffered three defeats on the road, one of which came at The Walks in September. That match was a classic and Setchell expects another memorable affair this evening.

The Lynn boss said: 'They're a hard side, we're a hard side. We're a good side, they're a good side. They've got good players, we've got tough players. They're tough in midfield, we're tough in midfield. They're good up front, we're good up front. It's going to be a brilliant game of football and I'm looking forward to it. The lads are looking forward to it too.

'These are the types of games you want to be involved in. It'll be on the night as it's a 50/50 game. No one can call a King's Lynn v Coalville game. Two years ago you could of done as they were better than us. We were better than them at The Walks this season. They'll expect to beat us on their patch but I think I've got a set of players who can go there and get a result. It's set up brilliant and if we win it's all back in the melting pot.'

New signing Dan Jacob is set to make his Lynn debut while midfielder Dan Quigley is doubtful with a knee problem.

- A pitch inspection will be held at Owen Street at 12.30pm this afternoon to determine whether the match between Coalville and Lynn can beat the cold snap that's sweeping the country.

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