King’s Lynn boss praises maturity
King's Lynn boss Gary Setchell is demanding more evidence the Linnets have 'come of age' at Daventry today in the UCL Premier Division.
Town crushed Spalding 4-0 away in midweek to make it six consecutive league wins on the road, but Setchell will take nothing for granted at the strugglers.
'I think if you look at it we don't have to chase games now. We have matured a little bit,' he said. 'Against Spalding we were 2-0 up at half-time and it was like a keep ball session after the break and we just hit them for two late goals. At times last year we would go kamikaze and leave ourselves open at the back. I think compared to last year we have come of age.
'We just have to do a professional job (at Daventry). Long Buckby is outstripping even what St Neots did at this stage of last season, so we can't afford any slip ups that is for sure.'
Setchell is poised to give the likes of Jack Defty and Jordan Yong a breather against the Motormen. Defender Stuart Wall (knee) is targeting a comeback against Blackstones next week.
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'Jordan and Jack have been carrying niggles, for about three years in Jack's case, so it might be an opportunity to shuffle things around,' he said. 'Whoever comes in now I feel we have 16 or 17 lads capable of playing at this level. Last season maybe it was 12 or 13. You see the bench in midweek and we had Robbie Harris, Steve Spriggs, Ben Coe and Ryan Fryatt. Stuart should be back for Blackstones. He works in a university so he can get treatment and physio on a daily basis and that helps.'
Setchell has been delighted with the defensive solidity provided by Dan Buhlemann and Ross Watson, but admits Wall's pending return is a major boost ahead of a tricky FA Vase date at Gresley.
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'I watched them Monday and they are a very good side,' said Setchell. 'They have one or two big lads, but not overly physical. They remind me of us in a lot of ways and we will have to be bang at it. It could easily be a quarter-final tie this one. Bully has come in and done as well as anyone. He has a great understanding with Ross and that has shown. At times they might be susceptible to playing against a big man, but they both know their jobs. Stuart just has that bit of experience, and when he is back fit it is a nice problem to have.'