Setchell admits King’s Lynn Town may have to set UCL points record to win title

Gary Setchell admits King's Lynn Town may have to set a United Counties Premier Division points record to win the title as his side look to pick up another victory at Irchester United tonight.

The Linnets are unbeaten in the league since September but remain neck and neck with Long Buckby as the UCL title-race looks set to go right to the wire.

After both sides won again at the weekend, Setchell believes his table-topping outfit may have to better St Neots' points haul of 105 from last season to get their hands on a coveted championship trophy.

The Lynn boss said: 'The place is vibrant and I believe we could win all of our nine league games we have left.

'It will be difficult and the odds are stacked against us but I feel we have to win at least eight of them to stand a chance. Both us and Buckby could break the UCL record set by St Neots last season.

'We got 103 last year and finished second and we could get more than 100 again this year. We've got 84 already. We could end up having amassed more than 200 points in two seasons and not get promotion. I'm sure that's never happened before.

'We just need to stay focused and keep believing. I think on Saturday it was plain to see what it meant to everyone when we scored. From the chairman right down to the supporters you could see how much we all want it. It was one of those season-defining moments.'

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An 86th-minute own goal from Sam Brown gave the Linnets a vital 1-0 win at AFC Kempston Rovers on Saturday to keep their lead over Buckby to seven points.

The Bucks, who have played three games less than Lynn, host Newport Pagnell Town this evening as both they and Setchell's side look to crank up the pressure ahead of a title-showdown on April 14.

Jordan Yong (calf) will miss the Linnets' trip to struggling Irchester, who were trounced 7-1 at St Ives at the weekend, but Rob Hughes may return to the starting line-up after shaking off a back problem to come on as a substitute in Bedfordshire on Saturday.

Setchell said: 'I'll be telling the lads not to take Irchester for granted. Tonight is all about the three points.

'We're not looking at goal difference. That would be disrespectful to Irchester. There's no easy games in this league and we've seen it throw up a few strange results already.

'We were delighted with the win on Saturday and the lads were buzzing after the game but we've still got nine cup finals left. We had a tough game at Kempston and I said to the guys it's not about Long Buckby now. It's about King's Lynn Town.

'We keep hoping teams beat Buckby or draw with them but it might be a case of we have to go there and do our own dirty work and get the victory. We're right in there.

'I've got one or two lads carrying knocks and if they're doubtful once we get there tonight they won't play. Hughesy's not too bad so he could be involved as we need to get some football into him.

'If I have to leave one or two players out to recover fully from Saturday - as it took a lot out of us - then I'll do it because I can't go into April having two or three players missing.

'All away games in the UCL are difficult. The league table seems to lie in this league. Boston Town was very difficult as was Kempston. You take nothing for granted because it has a horrible way of coming to bite you on the bum.'

Lynn hammered second-from-bottom Northamptonshire outfit Irchester - who haven't won in 19 games - 6-1 on the opening day of the season.

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