King’s Lynn Town hope massive trek to Bideford will be worth it

Sam Gaughran, right, scored Lynn's goal during their defeat last time out against Nantwich. Pictures

Sam Gaughran, right, scored Lynn's goal during their defeat last time out against Nantwich. Pictures: MICHAEL SEDGWICK/FOCUS IMAGES - Credit: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images

King's Lynn Town begin a daunting spell of travelling by taking on the longest possible journey at Step Three of the non-league ladder.

The Linnets face a mammoth trek to lock horns with Bideford in the Southern League Premier Division as they prepare for a spell of six away matches before the end of the year. Today's clash sees Gary Setchell's side – who, as it stands, have only two home fixtures left in 2015 as a result of other clubs' FA Trophy exploits – complete a 600-mile round trip to Devon.

Biddy have already travelled 306 miles in the opposite direction earlier this term and left Norfolk with all three points after producing a display which left Lynn's boss suggesting they had parked the bus. Yet his men will be pleased to get back this evening with the same outcome as they look to bounce back from Saturday's 5-1 Trophy drubbing at Nantwich.

'We've played 18 league games, have 26 points and currently sit in ninth place,' commented Setchell.

'You could say we have had a good start to the season and recent league form has been very good with us climbing up the table the last few weeks. We still have a lot of improvement to make and many missed chances are still costing us in games. This is something that has to improve as we go into the next part of the season.

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'It's been pleasing to see so many young and local lads in my squad and players stepping up from the reserves and doing the club proud, but the recent and current injury crisis has definitely caused me a few sleepless nights.'

Bideford may sit in the relegation zone but they have not lost in their last four outings. Lynn, ninth, have been excellent at home yet will be keen to improve on a record that has seen them win just two of their eight matches away from The Walks.

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'I think in my first few years of management I'd have gone out and got players in on loan for a few weeks to help us out of the crisis,' added Setchell in his blog on the club's official website.

'But we now have a group of young players at the club over the past few weeks who have stepped up to the plate and done fantastically well.'

Lynn made part of the trip last night without injured trio Kern Miller, Conor Marshall and Sam Mulready. Setchell also has concerns over the fitness of Sam Gaughran.

Lynn's reserves, representing the club in the Norfolk Senior Cup, take on Downham Town at The Walks in the fourth round (3pm kick-off).

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