Peter Winn may lead from the front for King’s Lynn Town at Trafford

Peter Winn may be wearing the number nine shirt for Lynn again this afternoon. Picture: MATTHEW USHE

Peter Winn may be wearing the number nine shirt for Lynn again this afternoon. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

Chester loanee Peter Winn could find himself leading the line for King's Lynn Town once again this afternoon.

The left-sided player has often been utilised out wide since joining the Linnets on a temporary basis but was deployed as the sole striker during Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Blyth Spartans. The 26-year-old impressed, a missed penalty aside, enough to suggest he may keep hold of the number nine shirt for the trip to Trafford.

'His movement's excellent. I told him: 'You can play up front on your own (against Blyth)',' said Lynn boss Gary Setchell.

'He said: 'I've played against Newcastle and scored against them for Stevenage when I played up front on my own'. I thought; 'well that'll do for me'. Pete's a good footballer. He's a clever footballer. He's got a nice touch. But obviously he needs games to get fit.

'He's a level above this level really. If he's fully-fit he's a better player than this level so he's one we definitely want to get fit and get in. Same as Conor (Marshall), Stevo (Lee Stevenson), Jonesy (Jake Jones) and people like that.'

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Town, 14th in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, are six points off the relegation zone with five matches to go. Their hosts today are one of four teams in serious trouble and look doomed having picked up just one home league victory this term. Trafford, second-from-bottom, are 17 points adrift of the final safety spot.

The Linnets have picked up just six points from their last 12 matches but should be safe. However, they'll have to try and settle a few growing nerves without suspended trio Dan Quigley, Michael Frew and Jackson Ramm in Manchester.

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'We're sitting in the bottom half of the league,' added Setchell, whose side have won only three of their 20 matches on the road in the Evo-Stik Premier this campaign.

'It's not where I want to be. What we've got here isn't the formula. We're not winning football matches, we've conceded 70-odd goals, and we've only had three away wins. It's tough to go away and win and you need the right characters.

'We've got a decent squad here but we need to add one or two very, very important ingredients to the cake. If we do that and I get it right we'll be very, very competitive. But I still want us to finish in the top half. With the squad we've got – if we cut out the mistakes – we're capable of winning five out of the last five games.'

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