King’s Lynn Town urged to kick on after setting their benchmark against Chippenham Town

Gary Setchell gave the thumbs up to his side's display on Saturday. Picture: IAN BURT

Gary Setchell gave the thumbs up to his side's display on Saturday. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

Gary Setchell is challenging his King's Lynn Town players to put on another Walks masterclass this evening.

The Linnets – who couldn't buy a home win at the back end of last season – have tasted six victories in eight matches on their own turf so far this term. Saturday's classy 2-0 triumph over high-flying Chippenham was arguably their finest yet and Lynn's boss is looking for more of the same tonight when Dunstable Town arrive in Norfolk.

'I said to the boys in there (the dressing room) that Saturday has got to be the standard,' said Setchell.

'We have huffed and puffed. We shouldn't be where we are in the league if we can beat teams like Poole, Cirencester, Chippenham, Cambridge City and Histon. But with young players you get that little bit of naivety. It's a big game for us tonight as I want that same level of performance. I can't get that every week, and I know I can't, but if we play anywhere near that we'll win a lot of games here this season.

'I'm not being disrespectful to Dunstable or whoever we play in this division but if we play with that intensity we'll be a match for anyone.'


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Lynn moved up to 13th in the 24-team Southern League Premier Division as a result of their fifth successive Walks victory in all competitions. Nineteenth-placed Dunstable have failed to win any of their five away matches in the Step Three set-up so far.

Sam Mulready's brace stole the headlines against Chippenham and he looks likely to keep his place up front alongside Toby Hilliard – who despite his impressive showings is yet to get off the mark in Lynn colours.

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Setchell said: 'The other night against Bedworth when we put two up top we looked dangerous. Although we looked probably not as solid in the midfield areas on Saturday we were certainly a lot more of a threat going forward with the two lads up front. There's no question about it Sam's better with someone next to him. If Sam was playing in the 1980s and 90s when it always was 4-4-2 and you had a big man, little man he'd have earned a very good living out of the game. The game's changed a little bit but we pushed him a little bit further on and it worked out great for us.'

The midweek fixture comes too soon for defenders Sam Gaughran (hamstring) and Jordan Yong (ankle) while Kern Miller (hamstring) is likely to be assessed but should be fit.

'We've got a good young squad and I really enjoy working with these players,' added Setchell.

'I shout and scream at them but I go in there (the dressing room) and I kiss and hug them. That's the type of manager I am, I can't control my emotions sometimes. They're an honest bunch. We've played here eight times now (this season) and should have won all eight. But we have got to be stronger on the road. These managers must come here, see our league position and think 'how come they're there?'. I'll tell them why we're there, because we're rubbish away from home. We're a match for anyone down here and this is what we wanted, to turn this into a fortress.'

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