Setchell backs King’s Lynn youngsters to make it
King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell is backing Town's young guns to play a big part next season after blooding a quartet in the club's Desborough mauling.
Centre back Ryan Fryatt started the UCL Premier Division walkover with Tom Barnes, Gino Livotti and Tom McLeish introduced after Lynn raced into an unassailable lead.
Skipper Jack Defty took his personal tally to 43 goals for the season with a hat-trick matched by Steve Spriggs and a fine glancing header from Robbie Harris.
Setchell expects a tougher test against Holbeach today at The Walks – but is confident Town will hit his century target of points ahead of their final three league matches.
St Neots will be crowned champions this afternoon if they beat St Ives at home but Setchell has been delighted by Town's response since losing their title clash last weekend.
'After losing to St Neots that would have been easy for us to throw it in,' he said. 'We didn't try to overplay. We just passed and moved and reminded our fans that we can pass the ball and we are a good side. Unfortunately against the best sides we came up a little short but they are still good players. Holbeach will be a tougher game. They have two decent forwards and they will give us a test. But it's another game we need to win if we want to get 100 points.'
Fryatt could again deputise for Martin McNeil and the suspended Ross Watson today after a mature display. The former Norwich City youngster, along with a crop of Town's youngsters, will form the core of the Norfolk U18's team aiming to beat Staffs this Saturday in the final of the FA County Cup at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.
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'He looked different class. He steps out from the back and we have a real good player on our hands,' said Setchell. 'We threw on three other young lads during the game and they have all earned the right because that side has won their reserve league. Fryatt looks almost certain to me to be a first team player next season and with the other young lads we have got there is a big future for this football club.
'The average age is probably 22, 23. We know we need an older header or two and we do realise we need some size. If we can do that, then we'll have a good chance whatever league we are in.'
Hometown captain Defty is also a key component of Lynn's non league revival plan.
'He has come in for a little bit of unnecessary stick and people moaning and groaning of late, but he has scored 43 goals now and he has played through a lot of injuries,' said Setchell. 'Never once has he complained and he has played a lot of games this season. For me, he has been our player-of-the-season - over 50-odd games he has been our best player, bar none. He has been a credit to himself and the football club.
'He might not be easy on the eye at times as a footballer because he is a big lad, just like Steve Howard was at Luton and Leicester or Warren Patmore who I played with at Rushden. But you ask the players they play with and they will tell you those type of players are so effective.'