King’s Lynn Town’s ‘Agent Setchell’ ready to spy on Coalville Town and Halesowen Town

Gary Setchell will swap the touchline for the stand tonight when he goes to watch Coalville's game against Halesowen. Picture: Matthew Usher.

King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell will embark on another spying mission this evening to help boost his side's title challenge.

The Linnets' manager is heading to Leicestershire to watch league leaders Coalville Town's match against play-off hopefuls Halesowen.

And 'Agent Setchell' is hoping to gather inside information about the players on show with his Walks outfit facing both sides in the next seven days – a period which is likely to have a huge bearing on the destination of the Evo-Stik Division One South crown.

'If I come away learning a little bit about both sides, I think that can help,' said the Lynn chief.

'I do it as regularly as I can. I don't send anyone else, I always go myself because perhaps people don't see it the same as you. I did it through the FA Trophy run and I felt I learnt something from watching the games.


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'I've watched a lot of teams in this league and I've felt I've always learned something. Hopefully I'll learn something tonight and if I don't I haven't lost anything – apart from a bit of diesel money.'

A win for the Ravens, in their game in hand, would put them three points clear of Lynn with just six matches left.

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Their vastly superior goal difference means they remained at the top of the table on Saturday despite drawing 1-1 at Stamford. That result allowed Setchell's men to gain another two points on their stuttering title rivals with a 2-0 home win over Loughborough Dynamo.

Coalville's 17-point lead, which was still 14 at the start of March, has been almost completely overhauled thanks to the differing form of the two championship-chasing clubs.

While the league's pace-setters have won just one of their last eight matches, Lynn have stormed past Stamford into second and closed the huge gap with a run which has seen them lose just one Evo-Stik game since the turn of the year.

And Setchell admits that while his men have a tough week ahead, their dreams of securing back-to-back promotions remain a huge reality going into the final weeks of what has already been a memorable campaign for the Norfolk non-league giants.

He said: 'It's nice. We've still got a massive six games and some very hard fixtures against some of the top teams in the league.

'We've got to go to the league leaders but we're in there with a shout. We got last Monday (4-1 loss at Stamford) out of the system and now we've got two massive tests in the next week. We go to Halesowen (on Saturday), who in their own right are a very, very good side, and then we go to Coalville on the Tuesday.

'We'll know more about our fate after those games. Obviously Coalville play tonight but we can just concentrate on ourselves. All the teams Coalville and us have got to play have got something to play for. The season is well live. One black day or one great day can decide it all.'

Halesowen, who boast the league's top marksman and Evo-Stik Division One South player of the season Ben Haseley in their ranks, are six points outside of the play-off positions.

But they have played one match less than fifth-placed Sutton Coldfield Town – who themselves travel to The Walks on April 20.

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