King’s Lynn Town hope to bury their demons on latest Southern League Premier Division away trip

Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve watches on. Picture: Ian Burt

Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve watches on. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Town will face up to their nightmare away days to try and avoid another horror show on the road.

The Linnets are unbeaten at The Walks during the early stages of the Southern League Premier Division season but have been nothing short of whipping boys on their travels.

A 5-2 mauling at St Neots Town and 4-0 drubbing at Banbury United was almost as frightening as it comes for Gary Setchell.

But he's not scared of looking back at those dark displays to try and gain a better night's sleep after today's trip to Frome.

Lynn's boss said: 'We've won one at home, drawn two – acceptable. The two away performances were totally unacceptable.

'We haven't forgotten what happened at Banbury and St Neots and that's got to be put right in some sort of fashion at Frome. That's where the focus is now before Monday (at home), which will have a cup-game feel about it against Kettering because they're probably the biggest club in the league.

'We're under serious pressure because of our away form. We shipped five at St Neots and four at Banbury.

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'We come back (to play at) home under pressure but the real pressure is on at Frome.

'Mentally, if we concede early on the demons – no matter how much you talk about it or do on the training ground – will come flooding back. We've got to be strong and make sure we come away with something.

'Then we will feel like we've put St Neots and Banbury to bed.'

A nervy 2-1 triumph over Redditch on Saturday, in Lynn's fifth game of the term, was their first victory and lifted some of the growing pressure on Setchell and his troops.

New owner Stephen Cleeve laid down his expectations for a play-off push after taking over the club in the summer.

But he's enduring some tough times of his own after struggling to land a shirt sponsor.

'It's obviously his domain, I'm the football manager now,' said first-team boss Setchell, no longer general manager at the club.

'I know the ins and outs and he's been very, very unlucky to be fair. Obviously until there's something on the front of the shirts the question is going to keep raising its head.

'He's the hardest working chairman we've had at this football club in my years of being here, right from 1991.

'He is working hard and probably neglecting his other businesses to get this shirt sponsor, to make this work, to get the clubhouse booming, to do everything.

'He's working very hard but until the short sponsor raises its head people will keep asking questions. A bit like us the other night (1-1 draw with Cambridge City at home) he's hit the post and the bar a few times.'

Setchell appears to have struck the woodwork himself this week with no news of new faces arriving in his paper-thin squad – which has injury concerns over Toby Hilliard (ankle), Sam Gaughran (hamstring) and Ryan Fryatt (foot) ahead of today's clash against a team who have picked up 10 points compared to Lynn's five.

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