King’s Lynn Town aiming for another Stamford ‘pick-me-up’

Shane Tolley shows his delight after being a January 1 matchwinner in 2013 for the Linnets. Picture:

Shane Tolley shows his delight after being a January 1 matchwinner in 2013 for the Linnets. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

Gary Setchell wants King's Lynn Town to use a New Year's Day derby win to reignite their season – just like they did 24 months ago.

The Linnets were 1-0 down against Stamford on January 1, 2013, before Shane Tolley's late brace secured a hard-fought victory. The success kick-started a run that led Setchell's side all the way to winning Evo-Stik Division One South.

Although it's highly unlikely Town will lift the Premier Division title this term, a positive run of form could instigate a play-off push. But Lynn need a pick-me-up after one win in eight, which the club's manager would love to arrive at The Walks today.

He said: 'Two years ago we played Stamford on New Year's Day, the season we won the league. We were miles away from winning the league then, we were about fifth or sixth, and we were 1-0 down with 15 minutes to go, and Tolley came on and scored two.

'That kick-started us to go on an amazing run and win the league. I don't think we can do that this season, but we can certainly kick on and get ourselves back in the hunt for the top five, if not certainly progress which would be the top eight.'

Back-to-back festive defeats have left Lynn 12th, five places and seven points ahead of their Lincolnshire rivals – managed by ex-Linnet David Staff.

However, the Linnets could be back in the top five with a couple of wins as Setchell still looks to improve on a maiden campaign in the Northern League's top-flight that saw his side finish 11th.

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'There's no point throwing the towel in at the end of December,' said Setchell, who is likely to be without Jake Jones (hamstring) this afternoon.

'We'll keep going right until it's impossible for us to get in the play-offs. If we can't do that we want to finish as high as we can.'