King’s Lynn Town just one win from completing their ‘Mission: Impossible’ and becoming champions
- Credit: Matthew Usher
King's Lynn Town can complete their version of 'Mission: Impossible' tonight by winning in front of their own fans to become Evo-Stik Division One South champions.
The Linnets have clawed back a huge 17-point deficit to power four ahead of stuttering long-term leaders Coalville Town with just two matches left.
And a feat that still never seemed possible up until a month ago will definitely be achieved if Gary Setchell's table-toppers pick up their 27th Northern League victory of a remarkable season by beating Sheffield at The Walks this evening.
Lynn can still secure back-to-back promotions, even if they fail to win, as long as results go their way elsewhere. The Ravens visit Leek Town having triumphed just once in 13 league matches.
Lynn's manager said: 'It's huge. Whether it's at home tonight, or away on Saturday, it's going to be special if we win it. But it would be extra special to win it in front of our home fans.
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'You never know how many people are going to be there tonight. People have other commitments. But if you're not going to come out and support King's Lynn on a night when we can win the league, when are you?'
A bumper crowd is expected to pack the Tennyson Road ground as Norfolk's non-league giants look to move back up the pyramid to where the club once stood.
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Lynn were plying their trade in the UniBond (Northern) Premier Division in 2009 before the club was wound up in the High Court over an unpaid tax bill of £67,000.
King's Lynn Stars' chief Buster Chapman stepped in and helped the Linnets rise from the ashes to begin a new life in the United Counties Premier Division just three campaigns ago.
They were narrowly pipped to the title two seasons in a row by St Neots Town and then Long Buckby. However, they were finally promoted to Step Four last year, as runners-up, after Buckby failed to meet the ground-grading requirements for higher-level football.
Three more points will win the 'new' Lynn's first title and secure a return to Step Three with one game to spare.
It would also be the first time the town's football club has clinched a league title on their own turf since 1954. A huge 4,427 people were there that day to roar the Linnets home.
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