King’s Lynn braced for hectic spell

King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell will take the positives from Town's latest cup call off.

The Linnets were due to travel to Kent-based Beckenham in today's FA Vase third round but a precursory pitch inspection yesterday morning confirmed the club's latest postponement - now re-arranged for December 11.

The UCL title challengers last played a fortnight ago due to the prolonged cold snap and with this Tuesday's scheduled Norfolk Senior Cup trip to Yarmouth in serious doubt, Setchell is braced for fresh inactivity.

'You can look at it two ways, but it has given the players a break from playing Saturday, Tuesday,' he said. 'We had a tricky result at Blackstones and then a tough game at St Ives, but the lads will hopefully come back refreshed. We trained midweek and we'll be training this weekend at KES school where they have a field we can do some work on as well as indoor facilities.

'As long as we put the work in, there shouldn't be any problem. Obviously when we do start again we'll have a lot of fixtures to get in and that is a test for the squad but we have brought Chris (Bacon) and Ross (Watson) in. That is us now. We are right up against budget but we decided to address some areas we identified that needed strengthening.'

Setchell insists Town continue to head in the right direction with Lynn fighting on four fronts as they approach the halfway mark of the new club's inaugural season back in existence.

'When we threw the players together, and I keep referring to it, but there were a lot of question marks,' he said. 'If someone had offered us at this stage in December a chance of winning the league and still being in the FA Vase along with the other two cups, then we'd have been happy. We built the squad from scratch and now we are tinkering with it.

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'We had to give it a period of time to look at things and we are slowly making decisions on people. King's Lynn will only get better. Over the next six to 18 months it is only going one way. Whether we win the league this season or next or whenever, all we will do is try to get better. I don't think we are far away now and if we can win something this year or next that is a sign of progress.'

Setchell admits big-spending UCL title rivals and league leaders St Neots remain the club to beat.

'It's taken the pressure off a little bit, to be honest,' he said. 'Without them we would be expected to walk this league but with the finances at their disposal, to win the league this year would be a real achievement. We're still trying. I know we're ten points behind but we have two games in hand and we have to play them twice. The longer we can keep ourselves in contention, then those games will only get bigger. My wish is that we are in these big league and cup games come March or April time.'