King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell turns up the heat on league leaders Coalville Town

Richard Bunting will be missing for King's Lynn Town again today. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Richard Bunting will be missing for King's Lynn Town again today. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Gary Setchell piled the pressure on closest rivals Coalville Town when he declared: 'It's their title to lose.'

The King's Lynn boss saw his team cut the gap between second and first in the Evo-Stick Division One South to four points on Tuesday, courtesy of a 3-1 home win over Kidsgrove which took their unbeaten run to 14.

Victory over Mickleover Sports at The Walks today, coupled with defeat for Coalville at Northwich Victoria, would be an even bigger boost for the Linnets' automatic promotion hopes, which were a dream at the start of the season, but are fast turning into a lot more.

'We just feel we are just turning the pressure up slightly on the leaders,' said Setchell. 'Obviously it is still theirs to lose without question, but we know we are one real poor performance or one mistake away from letting the pressure off. While we keep winning or keep this unbeaten run going that is turning the heat up on Coalville, there is no question about that.

'It is still theirs to lose, but we are 100pc doing our best to make it difficult for them.

'It is squeaky bum time for everyone. At the start of the season it was a case of, 'can we finish top half?', then coming into Christmas it was, 'can we get into the top five and the play-offs?', then I sat down with the chairman and it was, 'can we get top three and get a home game in the play-offs?'.

'Things have just moved on and on and now we are talking about can we actually win the thing.

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'We have got a realistic chance and I believe now there are two teams.

'There were probably 15 teams at the start and then there were five, then there were three - now there are two teams that can realistically win it, I feel, so we have got to make sure we keep plugging away.

'They have had it all their own way for seven or eight months and we have just gone about our business. We have come under the radar until February time and they are probably looking at us now. We have added to the squad with George Thomson, Shane Tolley, Dan Jacob, James Jepson, we have added at crucial times and I think the squad has come together nicely.'

Setchell may dip into his resources today, with skipper Richard Bunting out with a groin problem, and midfielder Dan Quigley one card away from a ban if he receives it before the April 14 cut-off date.