King’s Lynn looking to continue fine form in ‘massive’ Trophy tie at Gateshead

Kings Lynn Town defender Sam Gaughran has recently take on the role of first team coach at The Walks

Kings Lynn Town defender Sam Gaughran has recently take on the role of first team coach at The Walks. Picture: MATTHEW USHER/FOCUS IMAGES

King's Lynn Town are yet to taste defeat since manager Gary Setchell refreshed his coaching team and they will be hoping that continues ahead of their 'massive' FA Trophy tie at Gateshead this afternoon.

Lee Stevenson and Sam Gaughran were officially appointed assistant manager and first team coach respectively earlier this month but the pair have been performing those roles since Gary Mills left the club.

The change has seen an upturn in form for Setchell's side, who suffered a difficult start to the season.

However, the midweek draw at Weymouth made it eight matches unbeaten and Gaughran feels Lynn's campaign is finally gathering some momentum.

'When Setch first came to me (about taking some training sessions) we said we were just going to have to see how the lads responded,' said Gaughran, who will be continuing his role as a player alongside his new coaching role.

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'But the boys have taken to it really well. They've shown a lot of respect and their application has been superb.

'It could have gone the other way. We've been on quite a good run since and the gaffer asked if myself and Stevo (Stevenson) wanted to carry on doing this.'

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Gaughran insists the upturn in form is not just down to the new coaching team. A change in formation has also helped whilst the confidence gained from the win at Stourbridge earlier in the FA Trophy gave Lynn's season the impetus it needed.

'The change in formation has really helped,' he added. 'We've become a lot more solid defensively as a result and we've got a bit of momentum.

'Stourbridge sparked it – something clicked for us in that game and we haven't looked back.'

Leon Mettam is the only absentee from Lynn's squad for the trip to the north east this afternoon when Setchell's men will be underdogs against a side that play two levels above in the Conference Premier.

However, Gaughran believes the Linnets are capable of pulling off a surprise if they continue their recent form.

'It's massive for the club and the players – I don't think there are too many players that have got to the first round so there's a bit of excitement around the place,' said Gaughran.

'It's going to be a great test for us. We've got a lot of respect for them but we're going there with a lot of confidence after the run we've been on.

'If we can get a result on Saturday that would give us so much confidence to take into the league.'

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