King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell issues battle cry ahead of ‘absolutely huge’ trip to Stamford
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Gary Setchell is urging his rampant King's Lynn Town side to send out another title message this afternoon.
The Linnets made it 15 league games without defeat at the weekend by annihilating Mickleover Sports 7-0 at The Walks to move just one point behind stuttering Coalville Town.
But Setchell knows his second-placed troops can turn up the heat on the Ravens even further by winning today's clash at fourth-placed Stamford – who Lynn have powered above in recent weeks thanks to their scintillating form.
The Linnets boss said: 'Stamford is the biggest game of the season, no question about that. It's an absolute huge game. If we can go there and win, with a home game the Saturday after (Loughborough Dynamo, April 6), you have to say we're getting close. 'You don't know what's going to happen elsewhere. I said I think 94 points can win the league. We can get that with two losses. Obviously I don't want to lose any, we want to get 100 points, to make it difficult for Coalville.
'We know they're going to be riled up. It's a chance for them to turn their season round and get back on the rails. What better way than to beat your local rivals and a team that's in the play-offs with you? So their manager will be geeing them up. My boys are going to be geed up. I'm going to be geed up. It's fourth v second, on their patch, and if we can go there and get a result I think it'll be a big statement.
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'It's going to be tough though and we'll get what we deserve. If we deserve to win, we'll win. If we deserve to lose, we'll lose, it's as simple as that. It'll be two good teams going hammer and tongs.'
Setchell admits he has plenty of selection headaches ahead of the short trip to Lincolnshire following Saturday's huge win – which saw Lynn, who have played a game more than Coalville, make four changes to the side who triumphed over Kidsgrove six days ago. Captain Richard Bunting could also be fit again for today's Evo-Stik Division One South derby, of sorts, after missing the Linnets' last two matches with a groin problem.
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'If we were one point clear, with a game in hand, I'd fancy us to go on and win the league,' said Setchell.
'They're (Coalville) a good side and they could have dominated the game (at Northwich) on Saturday and lost 3-0, you just don't know.
'People use the word momentum in sport regularly, and we've got unbelievable momentum. I've got some headaches. Selection wise and system wise, as certain ones have done us well this year. But they're nice headaches to have. I certainly won't be losing any sleep over them as they're headaches I enjoy. I'll sit down and do my homework on Stamford and then pick a team.'
- Click on the related link to read a match report, and see video highlights, from Saturday's game.