King’s Lynn Town wary of UCL title rivals’ challenge

King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell has warned his men that UCL title rivals Newport Pagnell will expose any soft centre ahead of Saturday's league clash at The Walks.

Setchell and co-manager Kevin Boon watched Pagnell move level on points with the Linnets after hammering Yaxley 6-2 away in midweek. Lynn have taken maximum points since an opening day defeat at Long Buckby but shipped two early goals against Yarmouth last weekend before sealing a comeback FA Vase victory.

'We know they are big and strong and they have the lad up front for them (Darren) Lynch who used to be at Rushden. We know one or two of their players but we'll have a better idea of what they are all about after watching them,' said Setchell. 'I'm sure there are one or two things we can work on. The goals we are conceding are so sloppy it's unbelievable and that is a shame because it is taking the gloss off good performances. The goal we conceded in the last minute on Saturday after coming back from 2-0 to be winning 4-2 just knocked all the wind out of our sails in the changing room.

'That has got to stop and if the players we have can't do it then we'll have to have a look at players who perhaps can. I don't believe that we can keep giving teams a two-goal start, we are not that good. I don't even think it's individual, it's more of a collective thing.'

Setchell insisted a spate of early season injury concerns afflicting Town's backline have played their part. Martin McNeil returned against Yarmouth after neck and ankle problems but regular partner Brady Stone is poised to miss the next three weeks with a fresh ankle injury. Back-up defender Stuart Ablett also needed a hospital check up after being withdrawn at the break against the Bloaters with concussion.

'Hopefully he'll be at training so we can assess it further,' said Setchell. 'Whether he trains or not we'll see but we don't think it's serious or long term. He was in a bad way at half-time and he kept saying he had blurred vision towards the end of the first half. We thought that might just be temporary but once he sat down he was all over the place. He's not broken anything, it's just bad concussion.

'Brady is out three or four weeks, probably three more from now. It's not the ankle injury at Dereham but the other ankle and he was maybe over compensating for the original injury and put all his weight on the other and went over on it. Because we are going so well every player wants to be a part of it and maybe the danger is to rush back to get be in the side.'

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Young centre-back Kyle Plumb will come back into the equation this weekend ahead of Lynn's toughest test of the season.

'We need some sort of continuity in there because we've had about six partnerships in eight games,' said Setchell. 'Plumby was unfortunate to miss out at the weekend. We always have a spare keeper for the big games and with Ross Kelly unavailable we needed to bring in some midfield cover because we had Bully to cover the defensive positions.

'He's a young lad and he understands the situation and he will only get better. He has started three of the games already which is probably more than he would have expected at this stage of the season, so he will be fine.'