King’s Lynn target final flourish
King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell wants Town to go out on a high with today's UCL Premier Division test against Desborough at The Walks heralding the start of hectic finale (3pm).
Second-placed Lynn still harbour faint promotion hopes should St Neots fail to get the two wins they need from their remaining three fixtures to seal the title. Lynn can go through the century barrier of league points with a full house from their last four fixtures. The Linnets also have a Norfolk Senior Cup final date at Carrow Road against Dereham next month to focus on.
'After the season we've had it would be nice to pick up some silverware,' said Setchell, pictured. 'We also want to win our last four home games and finish on 103 points. Even though St Neots strengthened towards the end, I still believe we were the best side in the league. We dropped too many points away from home in midweek games. With their squad they could get rest into key players. We couldn't do that.
'Jack Defty has been running on empty for four weeks. He has got injuries all over his body, but he has never once moaned, not once asked for a rest. Maybe his form has dipped but after Tuesday night he was walking like a 70-year-old. He has played 50 or 60 games.'
Setchell and co-boss Kevin Boon have targeted reinforcements to take the next step up the non-League ladder.
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'We want to bring in players but there is two ways of looking at it,' he said. 'You either keep the existing squad and we get a bit more in the budget to do that or we have to get players out to get players in, which is do-able, but you are working on a small squad again. The bonus for this year is we have three or four youngsters who can come in and do a job so it gives us that option.
'That is something we have to talk to Buster (Chapman) about, but he pays the bills, he knows exactly where the club is on a financial footing. If he says the budget is the same, the budget is the same and we work to it.
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'It is a very good budget for the league we are in and he has been very good to us so far. Unfortunately we ran into a team spending probably double what we were.'
Setchell knows Town need a hardened core to their undoubted quality.
'We need more experience and more height,' he said. 'Our boys stood against the Coalville lads at their place and they were to a man about six or seven inches taller. On pitches towards the end of the season when the ground isn't the best and you have to knock the ball long, we weren't able to do it.'
Town are offering fans a discounted ticket to watch the remaining four home league fixtures.
A 'super' ticket will be available prior to today's game, allowing supporters to watch all four for the price of three. They cost �24 for adults, �18 concessions and �9 for children (aged 12 to 15).