King’s Lynn boss Gary wants an encore

King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell is demanding an encore from the UCL title challengers in tonight's latest Premier Division test at Sleaford (7.45pm).

Lynn crushed Rothwell Corinthians 5-1 on the road at the weekend despite conceding first and having Jamie Thurlbourne sent off in the second half. Setchell was also dismissed for his protests following Thurlbourne's second yellow with the Linnets' hierarchy convinced the winger's first booking was a case of mistaken identity.

'Unfortunately, we can't contest two yellows but the ref told him originally the first was for a trip, which was by a different player,' said Setchell. 'Jamie was a bit stupid and then made another challenge five minutes later on what was a difficult pitch. At that point I went over to the referee and asked him about the mistaken identity and, to be honest with you, he was very rude.

'I didn't swear at him but I told him he couldn't speak to me like that. He was telling me to shut my mouth and waving a red card in front of my eyes but he didn't take my name so as far as I'm concerned there can be no further action for my part.'

Setchell was delighted with Lynn's response in the aftermath of Thurlbourne's exit.

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'We put Cubbs (Scott Cubberley) on for a bit more legs and Robbie (Harris) on the left and played Spriggsy (Steve Spriggs) on the right and we saw the final half an hour off quite well,' he said. 'No disrespect to Rothwell, but that was a horrible place to go. The pitch was very sticky at first and then we had a 20-minute downpour which made the surface a bit more zippy and that worked in our favour.

'What pleased me most was we didn't panic when we went behind. We tried to get it down and play and we had one or two chances even before we scored. Sleaford will be the same. We need to cut the silly mistakes out because it seems whenever we do it ends up in a goal against. We now look more solid as a unit and irrespective of how we play the most important thing is we come back with three points.'

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Setchell confirmed contract talks with highly-rated Thurlbourne remain 'on going'.

'Buster (Chapman) is away at the minute so we'll speak when he gets back,' said Setchell. 'It would be nice to get something sorted but we'll see.

'He is happy here, first and foremost, and he hasn't asked to go on a contract. That has come about through discussions between the management and the club.

'He knows there is a bit of interest in him but we want him to help us get promoted. If all parties can agree a deal that is great for the football club. We don't want to lose any of our players.'

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