King’s Lynn in last chance saloon

King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell insists today is win or bust for Town's UCL Premier Division title bid at third-placed Newport Pagnell (3pm).

The FA Vase semi-finalists lost further ground on long time leaders St Neots in midweek to leave Lynn six-points adrift at the summit.

'I spoke to the lads on Thursday and told them we are now in the last chance saloon,' he said.

'If we have any aspirations of winning the league we have to make sure St Neots drop points before we do again. We've given them too big a cushion.

'If we win our game in hand and beat them at our place then we're level on points but they have a far superior goal difference.

'If we drop any more points it's an uphill task but if we win these next two away we're right in it again. Newport Pagnell are not third in the league for no reason.

'I know both ourselves and St Neots have beaten them but they don't lose too many on their own patch. For me, league-wise, it's the biggest game of the season so far. I can't stress enough the importance of this one.'

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Town's hierarchy are still cautiously optimistic of securing a deal for Stamford's highly-rated defender Paul Malone after Lowestoft rejected their cash bid for ex-Linnet Sam Gaughran.

'That one is obviously dead but we are hopeful with the lad Malone at Stamford,' said Setchell. 'I think Stamford is meeting on Saturday morning. An offer has been put down but they have to accept it before we get permission to speak to the player.

'He is 20 with massive potential but he is only contracted to the summer. If the lad didn't want to play for them then maybe we can do something but whether he goes to King's Lynn or higher in the summer they would miss out, so it would be a great capture for our club.

'He's like a Mark Peters-type centre half. Really strong in the air, 6ft 4in, with decent pace. Against Corby the other night we lacked a dominant centre half. We were competing well enough, but the ball kept coming back.'

Lynn have also tabled a seven day approach for Thetford frontman Matt Blake to bolster a squad competing on four fronts.

'He's one who has drawn a lot of attention to himself with his displays this season,' said Setchell. 'He is raw with bags of ability and coming to us would be a big step but he has all the tools and he is something we could work with.

'That would be a development job at this stage so we're not looking to release anybody. Anyone can see we have a hellish fixture schedule over these next two months.'

Danny Buhlemann (hip) will travel this afternoon after being stretchered off in midweek. Midfielder Danny White (viral meningitis) and long term injury absentee Brady Stone (knee) could both be back as soon as next weekend's League Cup tie at St Neots.

'Bully is in contention but we'll have a final look before the game,' said Setchell.

'Either he had a spasm or something popped in and then out but he has got better everyday since. Brady plans to play for a local team on Saturday and then 90 minutes for them in the week. It's a long shot but he might feature in the League Cup tie at St Neots. Danny is another who may be contention for St Neots if everything goes okay with his recovery.

'He is out of hospital now. They say viral meningitis takes a good few weeks to get over but he is an ultra-fit lad so I expect him to get over it quicker than your average middle-aged bloke.'

• King's Lynn Town's reserves host Harborough at The Walks today in the UCL Division Two reserve league. (KO 3pm) Admission prices: Adults �3, concessions �2, juniors (aged 12 to 15) �1 with free entry for children aged 11 and under.