Safety first: King’s Lynn Town looking for an injury-free end to pre-season programme
- Credit: IAN BURT
Fingers will be crossed in the King's Lynn Town camp this afternoon as they bring their gruelling pre-season programme to a close.
The Linnets will play their 10th friendly in just 36 days at St Ives Town with Gary Setchell's men still a week away from competitive football. A 4-0 victory over higher-level Boston United on Tuesday continued an impressive summer but Lynn's manager admits he is not overly concerned about the result of today's fixture. All he wants is another hard-working display, but more importantly his men to come through the game unscathed.
'I expect another committed performance, but I'm hoping first and foremost that we don't pick up any silly injuries along the way,' said Setchell.
'I want the players to be 95pc to 100pc switched on, ready to go 100pc and more for our first league game at Nantwich Town next week. I don't want them to start coasting because when you do that's when you can come unstuck.
'The players know that positions are up for grabs. I've got lots of options, so I expect to see them trying to cement their shirt and a place in the team for next week. I want them to be at it for however long they are on the pitch for.'
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Setchell will take a full squad across to Cambridgeshire to play the Saints for the first time since his troops were humbled 4-1 by them in the 2012 United Counties League Cup final. Both teams earned promotion last season with the Linnets set to play their football, at Step Three for the first time, one level about their opponents.
Pacy left-back Jordan Yong, who scored a fine brace against Boston in midweek, is a slight injury doubt for his side's visit to Cambs. He will not be risked if he is still suffering from a tight hamstring.
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Trialist frontman Ewan Clarke will again be among Lynn's squad. But another striker who won't will be Gary King. He started during last month's 5-4 victory at St Neots Town but hasn't been involved since. Setchell confirmed yesterday that the former Stamford and Spalding hitman would not be the signing he makes to boost his attacking options. The Lynn boss insisted King was 'nothing better than what we already had'.