Life on the road is no problem for Gary Setchell, boss of Dorchester-bound King’s Lynn Town
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A 480-mile round trip to Dorchester is no skin off Gary Setchell's nose.
King's Lynn Town face what would have been their fourth away Southern League Premier Division game in a row – had Wednesday's fixture at Cambridge City not been postponed less than an hour before kick-off – this afternoon. Lynn have now racked up more than 1,000 miles on the road since their last match at The Walks, but Setchell is not complaining.
The Lynn boss, whose club were switched from the Northern League into its Step Three equivalent in the summer, said: 'I know we're away again but the long trips are not as demanding as they were in the Northern League.
'Saturday is football day, it's a write-off. But what was killing us during the past couple of seasons was the matches that followed quickly on a Tuesday night at places like Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Now we're going to Histon, Hitchin and Cambridge in midweek and we're back in bed by midnight.
'Hungerford aside (Monday November 23) it's been fantastic and this is such a better league for us. It doesn't matter whether it's 150, 200 or 250 miles to get to a game on a Saturday. The big difference is we're not getting back home at 3am on a Wednesday morning and then having to get up for work.
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'You can't do that and your body never catches up or recovers. We're not having that problem now and it's a boost for us.'
Lynn's squad will wake up this morning after enjoying an overnight stay – something Setchell feels is hugely beneficial to his young mid-table side moving forward.
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'It works out cheaper going down in cars than on a coach,' said Setchell.
'Financially it's a winner and preparation-wise it's a winner. It can only help boost the already excellent camaraderie of the squad as they're spending more time together. We get up, have breakfast, go for a walk at 11am and it helps us prepare mentally.'
Ryan Fryatt (suspended) and Sam Mulready (injured) are unavailable to take on Dorchester, 10th and two points better off than the Linnets. Centre-back Kern Miller is fit again while Conor Marshall is also part of the travelling party as he nears a comeback.
Setchell added: 'Conor gets the results of the scan on his knee soon and is getting better. People forget we've had all of these injuries and lost a big player in Conor for most of the season. Hopefully our luck will change with injuries in the new year.'