King’s Lynn Town feeling upbeat ahead of long trek to Workington
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Gary Setchell admits the welcome return of four points in a week has helped raised spirits at King's Lynn Town.
The Walks outfit's miserable new year run, which had only seen them win twice, was halted by a 1-1 draw at home to Ashton United on Saturday and hard-fought 1-0 triumph at Witton Albion four days later. The vital results have opened up an eight-point cushion above the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation zone, something Setchell knows will allow his troops to head north to Workington in much ruder health this afternoon.
Lynn's boss said: 'We'll get on the bus at 6.30am with a little bit of extra positivity now. There has been a little bit of talk about having to fight against relegation, whether we like it or not.
'It does start to enter your mind and you start looking at how other teams are doing. But four points in four days has helped keep the snow away from the door a little bit. We've got eight games left and we want to finish the season strongly.
'To do that we need to keep putting points on the board. And we've done that, which is a boost for everyone, by going back to basics. We've gone back to the formation we used when we won the league, 4-3-3, and it's worked for us over the last two games.
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Workington and Frickley (Tuesday) away are still going to be big games for us, but had we been on 44 points rather than 48 they would have been really, really big games with even more pressure.'
Michael Frew (injured), Jackson Ramm (suspended) and Ross Watson (partner close to giving birth) will not feature once Lynn have completed half of their 600-mile round trip – the club's longest of the season. Conor Marshall, Peter Winn and David Bell are nursing problems while Shaun Stocker, Tom McLeish and Joe Colman will be included in the squad. New-boys Marshall and Jacek Zielonka are likely to play key roles for the Linnets once more.
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Setchell added: 'Conor and Jacek have been excellent. They've come in and added energy, hunger and had a positive effect on the dressing room, which is what I was looking for any arrivals to do.
'Jacek got the goal on Saturday and made it on Tuesday. It was great wide play, he had their lad on toast, and whipped in an unbelievable cross which Quigz (Dan Quigley) met with a great header. Conor being there allowed Quigz to get in the box so that's working out for us as well.'