King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell targets minimum of a top-eight Evo-Stik Premier Division finish

Jake Jones, left, celebrates his goal in Lynn's recent win over Buxton. Picture: Matthew Usher

Jake Jones, left, celebrates his goal in Lynn's recent win over Buxton. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Matthew Usher

Gary Setchell admits King's Lynn Town's succesful adaptation to the Evo-Stik Premier Division has heightened even his expectations for what can be achieved this season.

The Linnets had targeted a top-half finish following back-to-back promotions which has seem them climb to Step Three of the non-league ladder. But now, with his team sitting seventh after 33 matches, Setchell concedes there is a renewed end-of-season ambition for those involved with The Walks outfit.

Lynn's boss, whose team visit Buxton this afternoon, weather permitting, said: 'It's really, really, really important we keep our season alive as long as we can – ideally right up until April the 26th and beyond (play-offs).

'We want to get to March and April and still be within touching distance of the top five. I don't want us to finish below seventh or eighth, although obviously I'd love us to finish in the top five. I'd be disappointed if our season fell away now.

'We wanted a top-half finish, which is the top 12, then that changed to the top 10 and now if I'm honest I'd be unhappy if we didn't finish in the top eight. After what we've done in the first 33 games we probably deserve to end in that sort of position.'

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Lynn are just two points outside of the play-off places but fellow top-five hopefuls Blyth Spartans and Ashton United – both of whom above Setchell's side – have played less games than them.

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