Saddened Setchell urges King’s Lynn Town to ‘feel sorry’ for Daventry United after 5pm
Gary Setchell is urging his King's Lynn Town players to heap more misery on Daventry United today - despite admitting he is saddened by the Motormen's plight.
Table-topping Lynn welcome Daventry to The Walks this afternoon days after it became public knowledge that this season will be the Northamptonshire club's last.
However, with his side chasing an elusive United Counties Premier Division title, the Linnets boss is desperate for his players to forget about feeling sorry for their opposition.
Setchell said: 'It's sad that Daventry seem to be going to the wall as they're one of the most welcoming clubs in the UCL.
'Their manager (Darren Foster) is a nice guy and I hope it works out for him. It's a massive shame when clubs cease to exist and I think it's going to become more of a feature of football in the next few years unfortunately.
'We're lucky to have the fan base we've got and the chairman we have because it's happened to us once and it'll never happen again. When professional clubs like Portsmouth, Port Vale and Glasgow Rangers are getting into trouble you understand why some little clubs are in difficulty.
'We need to focus 100 per cent on doing our job, beat Daventry as well as we can, and then worry about feeling sorry for them again at 5pm.'
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The mid-table Motormen completed the double over high-rated Peterborough Northern Star in midweek with a 3-1 victory. Lynn took control of the UCL title race on the same night by beating Irchester United 5-0 while title rivals Long Buckby lost 3-1 at home to Newport Pagnell Town.
Buckby, who have three games in hand on the Linnets but are 10 points behind, host third-placed Holbeach United today.
Setchell said: 'We are really looking to kick on and keep the pressure on Buckby but Daventry gave us a real hard game at their place earlier in the season.
'If I was one of their players I'd be coming to King's Lynn to try and impress us and the people sitting in the stands from other clubs. I can't see them throwing in the towel because they'll be looking to secure a club for next season.
'There'll be even more emphasis for them to put a performance in because the 14 or so lads who do play will be without a football club and they need to put themselves in the shop window.'
Robbie Harris (stomach) and Jorday Yong (calf) are rated as doubtful and will be assessed before Setchell decides whether or not to include them in his 16-man squad.
If Yong misses out, defender Dan Buhlemann could keep his place at left-back after impressing during Lynn's 5-0 victory at Irchester.