Red-hot Turner’s goals could be more vital than ever for King’s Lynn Town’s title hopes
Jason Turner was brought to The Walks to fire King's Lynn Town to the title and his goals could prove to be more vital than ever in the next fortnight.
Gary Setchell signed the prolific striker from Wellingborough Town in February and Turner has repaid his faith by scoring 13 goals in 14 Lynn appearances.
The red-hot marksman scored for his seventh consecutive game during the weekend's 2-1 defeat at Long Buckby. The result, at the time, meant that if the Linnets and Long Buckby win their remaining games the destiny of the United Counties Premier Division will come down to goal difference.
The league's top-scorer said: 'We started brilliantly against Buckby and for the first 20 minutes we were easily the better side.
'Even after they scored we still felt pretty comfortable but then towards the end the confidence just drained from us. I don't really know what happened.
'I've always had belief in my own ability so I'm still confident that if I keep getting in the right areas I will score goals. It's all down to the other lads really as they keep finding me.
'It was nice to score again at Buckby but I'd have rather not scored if it meant we would have won the game.'
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Lynn had a six-point and three goal advantage at the top of the table before Buckby played at Blackstones last night.
Both sides play again on Saturday - the Linnets at home to Desborough Town while Glen Cotterill's side travel to Boston Town - before the Northamptonshire outfit host Cogenhoe United next Tuesday in a title race that looks set to go to the wire.
As a win at Station Road at the weekend would have all but sealed promotion for Lynn, Turner admits the experience was a tough one to handle for him and his title-chasing team-mates.
He said: 'It was horrible to lose and afterwards the lads just sat there with their heads in their hands.
'We couldn't believe what had happened and everyone was so disappointed. A win would have basically given us the title. It was my first defeat in a Lynn shirt and it wasn't a nice feeling.
'All we can do now is forget it. Everyone's got to pick themselves up and go again and beat Desborough at the weekend.
'We need to win and score as many times as we can and I hope I can help us do that. We've been scoring goals for fun. We need to keep banging them in as it might come down to goal difference.
'However, we've got two tough games so it won't be easy. Buckby have got three tough games left and Boston Town (on Saturday) is a hard place to go to. If we both win all of our games we've just got to do as much as we can to help ourselves.'
Lynn, the UCL's top-scoring side with 118 goals, thrashed Desborough 5-0 away from home in December and Setchell's side need to keep winning - and scoring - to keep an element of control over their title dream.
Thankfully for them, few would bet against 31-goal Turner being the man who makes the difference if the UCL is decided by goal difference on a nail-biting final-day on April 28.