King’s Lynn joint boss Setchell wants no let up
King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell warns there is plenty on the line in today's UCL League Cup tie at title rivals St Neots. (3pm)
Both clubs are set to rest their big hitters for the third part of a competitive trilogy in the league and FA Vase this season – but Setchell insists Town aim to make it three wins in a row.
'I'm competitive and I want to win every game, and I'm sure my players are the same,' he said.
'We go with an open mind and whoever plays will be expected to give 100pc.
'When you put a shirt on for King's Lynn you want to win the game – but I can't imagine Dennis Greene (the St Neots manager) will do anything different.
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'He'll play squad men, but we can't really lose. If we get through then great, if not some of our younger lads have had that extra bit of experience and we rest some of our lads for a big week.
'We're in a situation where, if we play the reserves who played in the last round again they would be cup-tied for a competition at their level, but the Norfolk Under-18 boys weren't available against Irchester so we can bring them in.'
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Pat Bexfield (hamstring) is ruled out but Town old boy Charlie Defty is poised to deputise during a break from his studies on the south coast.
'We said at the start of season never say never if his studies allow, and he's available,' said Setchell.
'If we got ourselves in a state with all these games coming up then he'd help us out again, and it's great to be able to call on someone like that. We've got a couple of Bank Holiday weekends as well, so I'm sure he'd be available. He's a good lad and he's helping us out.
'All our squad men will be playing. It'll be a mix-and-match approach with probably three first teamers, but we're taking 22 players with us.
'Six of the first teamers won't even be on the bench – they'll just do a bit of extra training.'
Midfielder Danny White is poised for a reserve run out after not featuring since being diagnosed with viral meningitis following the recent FA Vase quarter-final win over Rye.
Town's management are determined to rest some of their key players ahead of a pivotal week in the UCL Premier Division title race and the pending FA Vase semi-final, first leg at Coalville.
'We're definitely back in the mix after the last two league results,' said Setchell. 'I've told the players I think we have to win every game left to win the league. We haven't dropped any home points, and if we do that we pick up 105-106 points, which would be tough for St Neots. The players believe we can win our last 10 games.
'St Neots have the points and we know the goal difference is big, but we play five of the bottom six at home so there is every chance we can claw some of that back.
'We sent someone to watch Coalville the other night and we know exactly how they play. We know they'll work hard and it'll be very, very fiery in the first 20 minutes.
'They will come out of the blocks like no-one's business, but they have had something like 11 or 12 red cards so discipline will be crucial. If we can come away from that first leg still in it, I'll be a happy manager.'