Loanee John Sands keen to reignite play-off push at King’s Lynn Town

John Sands, left, during his days with Bury Town. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT/ARCHANT

John Sands, left, during his days with Bury Town. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT/ARCHANT - Credit: Andy Abbott

Striker John Sands admits Gary Setchell's persistence paid off after finally being tempted to The Walks.

The confident frontman had resisted numerous approaches from King's Lynn Town's boss before he joined the club on loan for the rest of the season from higher-level Boston United in midweek. The 28-year-old made only 13 appearances following his move to Lincolnshire from Leiston in November last year and is determined to make up for lost time as he prepares to make his Lynn debut at Frome.

Sands, who lists Bury Town among his former clubs, said: 'I'm excited to get the move over. Me and Setch have known each other for quite a few years. I've nearly come over a few times so I'm pleased I'm here now.

'Hopefully I can add some goals and get us a bit closer to the promotion play-offs. I got a couple of goals at Boston (both against Lowestoft) but things didn't go as well as I thought they would.

'It was obviously a step up, but I didn't get as much service as I could have done. I'm not making excuses, though, so I'm just ready to go out there for King's Lynn and do the best I can.'

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The Linnets head to Somerset with boss Setchell admitting it's a must-win game for his side's dwindling play-off hopes.

Their dreams of clinching a top-five finish took a huge hit at the weekend when they conceded at the death to suffer a 2-1 home defeat against Dorchester Town.

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Lynn sit nine points outside of the top five with 10 matches to go while their hosts have eased their relegation fears of late by winning four matches in a row to pull six points clear, with games in hand, of trouble.

Setchell, also speaking to his club's official YouTube channel, said: 'Hopefully John will enjoy it, we'll enjoy him, he'll score some goals and hopefully it's a deal we can get for next season as well as it's with a view for next season as well.

'We're delighted to get him here. He's fit and ready to go and he'll go straight into the squad. I got the phone call at 6pm on Saturday and it cheered me up a little bit after the events of Saturday.

'We've been waiting for a proven goalscorer for probably 18 months now and wherever John's gone he's always scored his fair share of goals.'

Top scorer Lee Stevenson (knee) is rated as 50/50 going into today's clash at the Blindmans Brewery Stadium while Lee Smith (hip) should be fine. Matty Castellan is a huge doubt after picking up the same illness that kept Ryan Fryatt – who may yet miss out again – out of Saturday's match.

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