King’s Lynn aim to keep up the title pressure

King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell believes Long Buckby remain in pole position for the United Counties League title but insists his side will be ready to capitalise on any slip-ups in the second half of the season.

Setchell saw his side maintain the seven-point gap over their championship rivals thanks to a 1-0 win at home to Holbeach on Boxing Day but Setchell maintains that with four games in hand Long Buckby still have the advantage.

'They have not dropped a point so far so I think you would have to say that they have got the advantage but we are more than happy with where we are,' said Setchell, who takes his side to face fourth-placed Peterborough Northern Star this afternoon (kick-off 3pm) .

'I've got Jack Defty and Ross Watson coming back next month and that will be like having two new signings for us.

'We will be back at full strength so we can really kick on in the second half and hopefully we can be there to capitalise on any slip-ups.

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'They only need to draw a match against somebody else and it would be back in our own hands. It could be the case that when we play Long Buckby later in the season that it's a title decider.'

Setchell was delighted with the response of his players against Holbeach after criticising his side's recent home displays and hopes they can maintain that level of performance at Peterborough today.

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'I wasn't pleased with our performance against Yaxley and I asked for more from them and they gave it,' he added.

'We came in and did some extra training working on getting the ball back quickly and closing teams down quicker.

'We probably got a bit carried away, we were playing the ball a bit long at times but the players are young and we're still learning.

'We're making good progress and we're going to have to be at it again against Peterborough because this is going to be another really tough game for us.'

Setchell also saluted the 1,040 fans that roared them on to victory on Boxing Day and feels it cements the club's position as the second best biggest club in the region.

'There's always a lot of talk about us being the second biggest club in Norfolk and you can see why when we get the kind of support we got,' he said.

'I don't think you will find too many other step five clubs that can attract a crowd of over 1,000 for a league game – it's incredible and we really appreciate the support.'

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