King’s Lynn Town aiming to do the double over Evo-Stik Premier Division basement boys Droylsden
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King's Lynn Town will be looking to inflict more misery on struggling Droylsden this afternoon.
The Linnets are looking to complete an Evo-Stik Premier Division double over the Manchester-based side who sit bottom of the table with a meagre return of just two points.
One of the Bloods' 15 league defeats came at The Walks in September thanks to goals from now-departed centre-back Phil Gulliver and striker Rob Duffy. And things haven't got much better since for the basement boys. They remain winless after 17 league matches and have shipped a mammoth 63 goals while scoring only nine at the other end.
Lynn by contrast are adapting well to life at Step Three of the non-league ladder and could move into the play-off places if they, as expected, win, and other results go their way. Boss Gary Setchell will also be keen for his troops to keep their first away clean sheet in the Northern Premier League.
Winger Marc Goodfellow is likely to be in the squad for the first team after joining in midweek while Ryan Fryatt and Dan Quigley – who this week penned contracts with the Linnets until the end of the 2014/15 campaign – are also set to feature.
And Setchell admits that the talented young duo are likely to be joined by others in committing their immediate future to the progressive Walks outfit.
'I spoke to the chairman (Buster Chapman) and said I want to get some of these young players on contracts,' the Lynn boss told the club's YouTube channel.
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'He said as long as I do it within the budget that's set, which obviously means the players are giving us something back as they're not getting any extra, and Quigz (Quigley) and Ryan have signed up this week. I've got two or three other younger players thinking about it as they're only going to get better and better.'
This afternoon's fixture will see Valter Fernandes come up against his old team after he left Norfolk under a cloud little more than a month ago. A furious Setchell had insisted the defender's departure had come about in 'underhand circumstances' – a claim denied by the player's agent.
He said that the Portuguese full-back had told him he was moving to play in Manchester. And just days later, an official seven-day approach finally came in from Droylsden for his services, the club Fernandes then joined.