King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell seeks an ‘off the ball’ improvement after disappointing week

Lynn's Peter Bore will be in action at The Walks again today. Picture: Matthew Usher

Lynn's Peter Bore will be in action at The Walks again today. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Matthew Usher

Gary Setchell expects to see a high-energy reaction from his King's Lynn Town players as they look to respond from back-to-back defeats.

The Linnets were crushed 5-1 at Ashton United on Saturday and suffered a shock 3-2 Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final reverse at Wroxham on Tuesday. Both performances were in stark contrast to Lynn's usual showings and the club's manager is demanding an improvement when Blyth Spartans arrive at The Walks this afternoon.

Setchell said: 'It's key our season doesn't just fade away. If you look at our next three fixtures we've got Blyth, which will be very tough, a trip to Buxton on Wednesday which will be very difficult and on Saturday we go to FC United, who have grown wings and are flying.

'We're under no illusions, we've got to get a result today. But more than a result, I want a performance full of high energy. A passionate display like the lads have shown over the last four years. To come out of the blocks flying.

'I'm not saying we're not going to give the ball away, or make mistakes, but I want us to be better off the ball. We owe ourselves a performance. I respect the lads, they respect me, and although there are sometimes raised voices we tend to talk about what we can do better.

'Without the ball we can do a lot, lot better. We've got to get back to stopping the opposition from playing around us. We've conceded eight goals in two games and it doesn't matter to me whether it's a centre-forward, a centre-back or a full-back, we've got to get back to basics and start working our socks off again.'

Lynn, eighth, and seventh-placed Blyth are now outsiders to land an Evo-Stik Premier Division play-off place. But Setchell is keen for his men to ensure they extend their impressive debut season at Step Three of the non-league ladder.

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Ryan Fryatt (knee) will be missing while Jake Jones is serving a one-game suspension for the red card he picked up against Trafford. Versatile player Peter Bore has 'returned' to the club on a short-term basis after deciding to walk away due to work commitments.

Setchell said: 'Peter didn't leave, as such, he was offered a job opportunity. He was honest, he rung me, and said he couldn't play every week because, understandably, his career away from football comes first.

'I rang him in the week as an SOS, I lit a flare, and I said 'can you help us out'. He said he would whenever he could, starting today.'