Linnets keen to show they can also deal with strugglers

Gary Setchell takes his King's Lynn team to Cirencester today. Picture: Ian Burt

Gary Setchell takes his King's Lynn team to Cirencester today. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Gary Setchell is delighted with the way his side have performed against the big guns of the Evostik Southern Premier Division in recent weeks - and now he wants to see them matching that against the lesser lights.

The Linnets recently bounced back from a disappointing run of three successive defeats in encouraging fashion by drawing 1-1 at second-placed Merthyr Town before taking four points from six in home games against fellow high-fliers Slough and Leamington.

A stunning 5-2 victory over the Rebels was backed up last Saturday by a hard-fought goalless draw against the side who were leading the way until a few weeks ago – and now Setchell wants more of the same at struggling Cirencester today.

'We had one bad week which has really killed us but before that we were nine unbeaten and now we are four unbeaten,' he said. 'That's just three defeats in 16 matches. We had those three setbacks, ending in the 6-1 against Weymouth, but we have put that to bed now. We have taken five points from probably the top three teams in the league. Having played Chippenham and Weymouth as well we have had a really tough run of fixtures – and now we have to take full advantage of the games we have coming up.'

Setchell was hoping to get the ball rolling in a midweek home fixture against a struggling St Neots Town side but that one was postponed because of a waterlogged Walks pitch. Now his focus has switched to the long journey to Gloucestershire to take on a Cirencester side who stand just two points above the bottom three, having played more games than all their rivals. The Lynn boss is sure his side will prosper at the Corinium Stadium if they match the standards they showed on home turf against Leamington last weekend.

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'They were fighting for the championship and we were just trying to salvage something from our season and get another little run going. But we showed more fight than them, more determination,' he said.

'We are one of the better teams in this league and it's just a shame that we are not five to eight points closer to the play-offs, which we really should be, because then we would have been in with a real chance.'

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