King’s Lynn Town are not concerned by Southern League appeal

Jonathan Hawes pictured back in 2010 when he became boss of King's Lynn Town Reserves. Picture: MATT

Jonathan Hawes pictured back in 2010 when he became boss of King's Lynn Town Reserves. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

King's Lynn Town are not sweating on the outcome of a shock appeal regarding their summer switch in divisions.

The Linnets – who play at Step Three of the non-league ladder – were moved out of the Northern Premier League into its Southern equivalent by the FA. But the decision has not gone down well with officials at the latter who have not welcomed Town's arrival in their set-up.

The Southern League's request will be heard tomorow regarding Lynn's return to their fold for the first time since 2008. Yet chiefs at the home of Norfolk's highest-ranked semi-professional outfit remain optimistic that they will not be shifted for the second time in a month.

A club spokesman said: 'The story in Sunday's Non-League Paper came as no shock to us. We were made fully aware last week of the official objection from the Southern League about us being transferred into it.

'The club have spoken with representatives from the Football Association, the league, and other leagues at the same level to give our point of view. We are not allowed to attend the hearing but it's fair to say we are quietly confident we will remain within the Southern League set-up at its Premier Division level – which is where we want to be.

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'We were surprised by the league's appeal though as the initial reactions from around our club and many others were, for a variety of reasons, that they were keen to see us back. Plus we've already had to change our plans once so we don't believe it would be fair if we had to do that again.'

Boss Gary Setchell was one of many to express his delight at Lynn being moved out of the northern tier – even if it meant missing out on the prized signature of a striker.

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In other news, Lynn's Step Six reserves are looking for a manager following Jonathan 'Joff' Hawes' resignation.

'Joff's given so much to this club,' Setchell told his club's official website.

'The promotions (four) he has achieved, and the success he has enjoyed along with it, bear testament to that. The hard work he has put in has seen the foundations laid for what we hope will be a very successful period for the club at all levels. I would like to place on record my thanks to him for all of his efforts and wish him well for the future.'

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