King’s Lynn chief Setchell - Time to get serious
King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell wants a final February flourish against Wellingborough today ahead of a defining month in the club's UCL Premier Division title bid. (3pm)
Town will go top for the first time since mid-September if they maintain their faultless home record this afternoon and pick up maximum points at Raunds next week. Lynn then face a crucial ten day period which Setchell warns will go a long way to deciding the destination of the championship.
The Linnets are currently four points behind long time leaders St Neots with a game in hand but the big-spending Saints are not in league action again until after Town's trip to Raunds.
'The lads know what is required and we have got our game face on now,' he said. 'The fixtures have fallen in a way that we can go top before St Neots play again and that in itself is a great incentive to put the pressure back on them. We have a really tough March coming up when we play the FA Vase tie against Rye United and then three tough away games before we host Long Buckby all in the space of about ten days. That will really test us but if we can come through unscathed I think we will win the title because I honestly believe we will beat St Neots at our place again.'
Setchell's men put a 25-match unbeaten run on the line this afternoon against a visiting outfit who arrive at The Walks bidding for an 11th consecutive league win.
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'They will come here full of confidence and I think rather than sit back they may look to attack us, which could suit the way we like to play,' he said. 'We are on a tremendous run ourselves. I think its only on defeat since August 8 and something like 18 out of 18 wins at home in all competitions.
'We have a group of young lads who maybe at the start of the season felt it was a bit easy and started to freewheel, but they have got the bit between their teeth again now. We put a couple more on contract this week and now we are putting a group together who are here for the next one to two years and I think that also helps them to focus on the task in hand.'
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Top scorer Jack Defty is poised for a return to the starting line up with Steve Spriggs making a welcome return to the squad after missing the past week with a recurrence of his viral infection. Striker Chris Bacon (knee) misses out and young defender Ryan Fryatt is on duty with Norwich City's youth set-up. Fellow teenager Adam Reeve remains in the squad after his League Cup brace against Irchester.
'Spriggsy and Jack will be involved at some stage,' said Setchell. 'It proves the depth of the squad now that we can bring players like Dubi (Ogbonna) in and the younger lads, yet still go away and win 6-0 without really having to call on the likes of those two who are big players for us. 'Chris is about a week away and we'll probably look to get him a reserve game. Ryan goes off to play with Norwich and we have asked them for a decision one way or another. He was with them in the past and was released but they have obviously seen the progress he has made here and want to take another look.'