King’s Lynn Town aim to make it a magnificent seven
King's Lynn boss Gary Setchell has selection posers of the right kind to mull over ahead of tonight's latest Evo-Stik Division One South test at Rainworth Miners Welfare (7.45pm).
The Linnets maintained their promotion push with a 2-1 away win at Kidsgrove that was notable for pre-match drama which saw a quartet of key first-team players stranded in the aftermath of a tailback following a motorway crash.
Danny Beaumont and Liam Forshaw grabbed their chance to impress with a goal apiece in the prolonged absence of missing team mates and Setchell admitted the likes of Dan Buhlemann and Pat Bexfield also did their chances no harm after being pressed into emergency action.
'That is what I need to have – competition for places,' he said. 'I need to be making big decisions. I need to have the option to leave players out and I expect them to be disappointed when I do leave them out.
'That is what all good managers do. I want to be having to make hard decisions. I thought Bully did alright. Pat Bexfield did exactly what I expected from him and Beaumont played himself into a chance for a start on Tuesday with a goal and the same with Fors.
'I remember when I was at Rushden we got to Rochdale about ten to three and we kicked off at quarter past and beat them 3-1 when they were top of the league. All the preparation went out of the day on that occasion.
'This is the first time I have known a car to be involved in a really unfortunate incident and to get grid-locked. It isn't ideal when you know for the best part of the first half you have 11 men and that is it, but we came through.'
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Setchell wants no repeat of the ragged finish to his side's sixth league win on the spin at Kidsgrove when they face a lowly Rainworth outfit featuring ex-Linnet Mark Camm.
'We were sloppy in the last ten minutes, we didn't hold it up, we didn't get about the pitch as I would have liked. We didn't talk as I would have liked at the back and that kind of snowballed throughout the team,' he said. 'Then they get a penalty which left a sour taste.
'I had to give the lads a reminder that we dropped below the standards of Coalville and it would have been criminal to drop points, but we saw it through. It was difficult because it was hard to bring the lads back down to earth after a fantastic performance against Coalville – no disrespect to anybody but there wasn't 1,100 there and it was a difficult, horrible pitch. If there was any negativity with the boys who were missing at the start the early goal got everybody's tails up and that lifted us in the first half.'
Setchell revealed yesterday talented young defender Jordan Yong is the subject of a seven-day approach from former UCL rivals St Neots.