King’s Lynn braced for hectic finale
King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell concedes that Town's UCL League Cup reprieve is a mixed blessing with the club facing a nightmare run-in to their inaugural season.
Lynn lost 2-1 to title rivals St Neots earlier this month, but the Saints have now been thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player.
Town must travel to St Ives next week for a last four tie just days after their FA Vase semi-final second leg return against Coalville, although Tuesday's scheduled Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road has been postponed until early May.
Lynn also face four league games in the space of the penultimate week of the campaign as they bid to overhaul St Neots, who are seven points clear of second-placed Town having played two games more.
'It's good for the club that we are back in another competition but we'll have to use our resources well,' said Setchell. 'It's a semi-final so we'll try to win it but I'd imagine it would be a similar side to the one we took to St Neots. We're trying to get rest into players but when you are fighting on four fronts it's difficult.
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'The title is still in our own hands. If we win our last eight games then we are league champions. When St Neots come to us (next month) that isn't going to be a problem. It's all the other games around that one and the cup games and with being re-instated in the League Cup we've got another one to deal with now.'
Town have one less attacking option at their disposal for the congested run-in after Setchell confirmed young striker Dubi Ogbonna had been released following his weekend reserves' snub.
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'Dubi didn't turn up Saturday and he didn't have any sort of proper excuse,' said Setchell. 'We put him in the reserves, the same as Danny White, with a view to playing against Yaxley. His excuses were lame so we chose to release him.
'Danny White played in an FA Vase semi-final and final last year. He is an honest lad and when myself and Kevin sat him down last week and said he wouldn't be involved for the first leg at Coalville that was probably one of the hardest things I've had to do because he has a heart as big as a lion. He took it on the chin, played for the reserves and got himself back in the side against Yaxley in midweek. That's the type of player we want at the club.'
White played an hour of Lynn's midweek 4-2 UCL Premier Division win on his senior comeback after being treated for viral meningitis. The former Wroxham midfielder is now in the mix to face Coalville in this weekend's FA Vase semi-final, second leg at The Walks.
• 1,500 advance tickets have been sold for Saturday's FA Vase semi-final, second leg home tie against Coalville. The club still have 1,400 tickets available, including 300 Main Stand seats, for home suppporters and the club's ticket office will now open at 12.30pm on matchday.