King’s Lynn Town out to try and derail Hungerford Town’s Southern League Premier play-off push

Gary Setchell gives Alex Street a pat on the back for his efforts on Saturday. Picture: MATTHEW USHE

Gary Setchell gives Alex Street a pat on the back for his efforts on Saturday. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Gary Setchell is relishing another opportunity to become the spoiler in the Southern League promotion picture.

King's Lynn Town's boss has seen his side's outside hopes of gatecrashing the top five disappear over the horizon in recent weeks. But that hasn't prevented the Linnets from still doing their bit to try and alter the play-off landscape.

On Saturday they ground out a spirited 0-0 home draw with Weymouth, now seventh, and Setchell is hoping for more of the same this evening when the Linnets welcome sixth-placed Hungerford Town to The Walks.

Lynn's boss said: 'I was really pleased on Saturday. We didn't want another team doing the double over us. Kettering and Merthyr have done it, and Dorchester, and Hungerford will try and do it tonight.

'I guess the teams in and around the top are glad that King's Lynn are batting for them. We took points off Weymouth, we took points off Hitchin the other night and hopefully we'll take some points off Hungerford.

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'Clubs like Leamington and Redditch will be looking at these fixtures and thinking 'King's Lynn can do us a favour' and that's exactly what we did on Saturday.'

The Linnets, who have four matches left to play, are desperate to end what has been a promising Southern League Premier Division campaign on a high. A top-10 finish is well within their reach and would be a huge improvement on last year's freefall in the same level's Northern League top-flight which narrowly saw them avoid relegation.

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A crowd of just over 500 were pleased with what they saw at the weekend and clapped Setchell and his players off the pitch. But that hasn't stopped Lynn's boss imagining what might have been had they started the season in better form.

'It was a good crowd considering. You've got to be honest with them (the fans). At the end of last season I was standing here trying to make every excuse under the sun about inept performances,' added Setchell.

'On Saturday I was proud of my team's performance. I was happy with a point, we could have had three, but we could have ended up with none as it was that type of game.

'We've got some tired bodies and hopefully it didn't take too much out us. Even the lads came off saying it was played at such a tempo.

'We'll keep derailing these teams. It's just a shame we're not in it ourselves. I've counted up, we've probably left 12 points (out there) at home, and that's without the away points we've dropped. Every team's got a hard luck story but I genuinely believe we should still be in it.

'Unfortunately we're not but we lost four of our first seven games and that left us a mountain to climb.'

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