Setchell urges UCL table-topping King’s Lynn Town not to take struggling Thrapston Town for granted

King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell is urging his title-chasing side not to take struggling Thrapston Town for granted today.

Table-topping Lynn welcome second-from-bottom Thrapston to The Walks having beaten James Alger's side 4-0 in the corresponding United Counties Premier Division fixture less than a fortnight ago.

However, following title rivals Long Buckby's shock 1-0 defeat to Yaxley last weekend, Setchell has warned his squad not to be complacent.

The Linnets boss said: 'You only need to see the Yaxley result on Saturday and the fact we dropped unexpected points against Sleaford earlier this season to know nothing's guaranteed.

'We beat St Neots last year and then dropped points at Cogenhoe in the next game so we're aware of the dangers.

'We need to stamp our authority on the league over the next three to four weeks as Buckby have got a really tough month. We want to keep putting pressure on them and keep the title in our own hands.

'We certainly won't take Thrapston for granted. It's another must-win game and we don't want to drop silly points. I'll definitely be telling the lads not to be complacent.

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'We had at least 16 chances there and we do need to be a bit more ruthless. It was one of those games where everything hit their keeper and he was the Thrapston hero on the night.

'However, we just need to worry about getting another crucial three points and if plenty of goals come with it then that's a bonus.'

Lynn are unbeaten in 19 leagues games while Thrapston - who are yet to win away the league this season - haven't triumphed in 16 UCL matches.

Striker Liam Harrold didn't make the Linnets' squad for their win over the Chancery Lane outfit on February 21 and will miss out again today after agreeing to join March Town United last night on a 'flexible week-to-week' loan deal.

Ben Coe's loan spell at Fakenham Town has also been extended but defender Dan Buhlemann may return to the Linnets squad.

Setchell said: 'There's lots of competition for places right now and the players know if they take their foot off the gas they'll be sitting behind me for the next couple of weeks.

'We've definitely got more strength in depth than we had at this stage last year. Look at last weekend when we beat Newport Pagnell 2-0. We had Robbie Harris, Danny Beaumont, Rob Hughes and Ryan Fryatt all ready to come on.

'Bully (Buhlemann) didn't even make the squad and he's been a brilliant acquisition. We've now got players who can come off the bench and change a game or I can swap things about without damaging our side.'

Lynn also beat Thrapston 4-2 in the FA Vase last season.

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