King’s Lynn Town won’t throw youngsters to the lions during Southern League Premier Division run-in
- Credit: Ian Burt
Gary Setchell will resist the temptation to flood his King's Lynn Town side with hot prospects over the next eight days.
The Linnets are destined for a top-half to mid-table finish regardless of what happens in their final three Southern League Premier Division games, which begin at Slough Town this afternoon. But Setchell is wary about throwing in a whole host of talented youngsters, like Dylan Edge and Liam Fryatt, for fear of halting their progress.
Lynn's boss said: 'King's Lynn is a hard club to manage. If you throw in your Dylans, your Liams, and everyone else, you'll get no credit for it if you lose 4-0.
'You'll get no 'oh well they tried this, they tried that'. It'll be 'they lost 4-0, they're rubbish'. There'll be no 'they gave the young lads a chance' because that doesn't happen here. You've got to be a little careful that you don't go and play them all, lose your last three games, and finish 13th.
'You've got to be a little bit here and there. You can't just go gung-ho and put the reserves in because that would be crazy. A lot of these (first team) players deserve to finish the season, some of them might not be here next season, but if we can get them (youngsters) minutes – Liam's nearly ready anyway, Dylan's still a long way off – it would be great to throw them in for a game or two. It would be great.'
Captain Sam Gaughran (ankle) is unlikely to be risked at Slough, 17th, as ninth-placed Lynn aim to bounce back from Tuesday's controversial 1-0 home defeat to play-off chasing Hungerford Town.
'Where did he (referee Sean Feerick) get nine minutes from? Their physio went on after the sending off,' said a bemused Setchell of Ian Herring's late, late winner.
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'Substitutions? But nine minutes? When's the last time you saw a game where there was nine minutes? Nine minutes. Normally the referee comes over and says: 'We've got four, we've got five'. But he didn't even let anybody know. We kept asking 'ref, how long? Ref, how long?' and he wouldn't tell us.
'I don't know how long he would have played if they wouldn't have scored there. But we've got to do better with the corner. We lost a man and that's the disappointing thing for us.
'We had disappointed bodies in the dressing room because they put a lot in.
'We were the better team before Sam (Mulready) got sent off, and I don't think it was a red card either. I'm livid. We've got nothing to play for but it's about a bit of pride. It hurt us.'