King’s Lynn Town aiming for some festive cheer to end lengthy bout of travel sickness

Michael Frew will be hoping it's thumbs-up for the Linnets at Barwell. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Michael Frew will be hoping it's thumbs-up for the Linnets at Barwell. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

Gary Setchell knows King's Lynn Town must start triumphing away from The Walks if they are to stand any chance of reaching the play-offs.

While the Linnets have won nine of their 12 Evo-Stik Premier Division fixtures so far in Norfolk only one success has been picked up on the road. Ahead of a Boxing Day trip to seventh-placed Barwell in Leicestershire, Setchell admits his troops simply have to find a cure for their long-suffering spell of travel sickness.

Lynn's boss told his club's official YouTube channel: 'We've got to turn up with the (right) mentality. We haven't got 500 passionate fans cheering us on away from home.

'We've got to dig deep within ourselves. We've got to find a way to be strong. We're not giving ourselves chance as we're conceding goals early away from home. That then changes the way you play.

'Last season we were staying in games for 70 minutes and then having a go last 20 and nicking results. We won eight games away from home. If we were to do that this season I think we would get in the play-offs but we've got to win about eight from 12 now as we've only won one so far.

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'We've only lost four or five, which you'd take, but we conceded last minute at Belper and Halesowen. If we had those two wins on the board then we'd be in amongst it. But we've just got to keep doing what we believe in. We've got to stick together and keep working hard.'

Lynn's only Evo-Stik victory away from their own turf this campaign came on the opening day at Ramsbottom United – the side they beat 2-1 at home on Saturday thanks to Michael Frew's brace. They have however since triumphed at Anglian Combination Premier Division Caister, who play four levels below them, in the Norfolk Senior Cup.

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The Linnets sit 11th and just five points outside of the top five heading into a packed festive period which begins at a Kirkby Road ground where they won 3-1 on their last visit. That success came two seasons ago when Setchell's side went on to lift the Evo-Stik Division One South title.

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