Let’s not give up on our Southern League play-off dream, says King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell

Lynn's Ryan Fryatt and Liam Hurst, right, will hope to look like this again at the final whistle. Pi

Lynn's Ryan Fryatt and Liam Hurst, right, will hope to look like this again at the final whistle. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Gary Setchell is urging his players on as King's Lynn Town threaten to exceed their manager's expectations.

The Linnets boss tore his squad apart after the club narrowly avoided relegation last season. After a slow start, his young and remoulded unit have improved hugely and are ticking along more than nicely in the Southern League Premier Division ahead of today's trip to Dunstable Town.

Lynn, eighth, are just two points off a play-off place as they prepare to lock horns with the Blues, who occupy fourth.

It looks a daunting task, but Setchell is desperate for his troops to keep thinking big so they can achieve a 'dream' finish to the campaign.

'We're miles ahead of where we thought we would be,' admits Lynn's boss.

'I remember doing a fans' forum here (at The Walks) after we'd lost three of the first four games. I was thinking 'have I done the right thing?' and 'are we going to win a game?' Then we beat Poole here and that sort of settled us down a little bit.

'We wanted a top-half finish. Hopefully we'll get that if we keep doing things right. But let's not stop dreaming about the play-offs and trying to push for them.

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'If we finish ninth and had a right good go until March, April, then we finish ninth – or 10th or 11th.

'But let's just keep the dream going.

'Let's go to Dunstable and get a result.'

Saturday's 1-0 home triumph over Redditch United, in a match Setchell described as 'must-win', has raised hopes that Town could gatecrash the play-offs.

The highest position they have occupied is eighth but a victory today, and if other results go their way, could lift Lynn up to fifth.

Young striker Dylan Edge will not travel as he continues his return to fitness with the reserves while Toby Hilliard – who scored in the 1-1 draw when the two sides met at The Walks in October – will definitely miss out due to an ankle injury.

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