Setchell - Crunch time for King’s Lynn
King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell is gearing up for what he believes is a defining week in the club's short history – starting with today's UCL Premier Division trip to Daventry. (3pm)
The Linnets slipped out of the FA Vase and UCL League Cup at the semi-final stage in recent days but Setchell insists his men still believe they can clinch the title.
Lynn trail long time leaders St Neots by ten points with three games in hand but nothing less than back-to-back wins against Daventry and Long Buckby will do ahead of next weekend's title shootout.
'It is probably the biggest seven days in the history of this club,' said Setchell. 'But we have to take care of business first and that means beating Daventry and then beating Long Buckby in midweek before we get to what would be a title decider against St Neots at The Walks.
'I honestly think whoever wins that game will not drop another point because the momentum will carry you all the way, through even if players are feeling tired and fatigued.
'We won well against Daventry at home earlier in the season but their boss said to me after the game at our place that they'll give us a much tougher one at home. They don't draw too many either if you look at the results and they have beaten some decent sides at their place so we know what lies ahead of us.'
Brady Stone made a long-awaited injury comeback in the midweek UCL League Cup exit at St Ives but Setchell and fellow joint boss Kevin Boon are taking a 'softly softly' approach.
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'Brady played 55 to 60 minutes and he was outstanding but we want to take the same line as we did with Danny White. He'll get far more benefit out of 90 minutes with the reserves because he probably isn't ready for first team league football
'Brady is 25-years-old and if he gets an injury-free run there is no doubt he can be a big player for this club over the run-in and if not then next season.'
Town used their cup trip to St Ives for some experimentation ahead of the final league push.
'Three or four of the lads who played 90 minutes would be expected to start but it was a mix and match team and a chance to look at a few things with the formation and the shape,' said Setchell.
'We tried three up top because that got us back in the FA Vase game against Coalville and we also had to bear in mind that our reserves had played the night before.
'We are operating the club on 33, 34 players and at this stage of the season that is not an easy thing to do.
'Of course we didn't want to go out of another semi-final but the league is the most important thing.
'The FA Vase was a huge disappointment. We are a big club but that doesn't give us a divine right to get to Wembley. We had our fair share of luck earlier in the competition and it just ran out.'