Simply the best: Sutton Coldfield Town’s praise for King’s Lynn Town ahead of trip to The Walks

Lynn's players, in yellow against Coalville on Tuesday night, have been told they're the best. Pictu

Lynn's players, in yellow against Coalville on Tuesday night, have been told they're the best. Picture: Ian Burt. - Credit: IAN BURT

Sutton Coldfield Town arrive in Norfolk this afternoon singing the praises of Gary Setchell's high-flyers.

The Royals visit The Walks to face title-chasing King's Lynn Town as they look to keep up their own hopes of achieving promotion. But the Midlanders remain in no doubt that the task facing them today – as they look to hang on to their fifth-placed position which would see them qualify for the end-of-season play-offs – is a huge one.

Their assistant Ross Thorpe told his club's website: 'These are the games that players, staff and fans look forward to, these are the kind of games why we give up so much of our time to look forward to.

'King's Lynn have been excellent this season, for me they are the best footballing side we have faced at our level and we are going over there today, with both teams needing a result for all the right reasons.

'They will have a big crowd cheering them on, they need to win to keep the pressure up on Coalville and they will go into the game as massive favourites. Why wouldn't they? They are the home side and are used to their crowd, they've had a fantastic season with their cup runs (FA Trophy) and now they`re pushing Coalville to the end.'

The Linnets, second in Evo-Stik Division One South and just one point behind long-term leaders Coalville Town, will host Coldfield again in a play-off semi-final if both teams finish in the positions they currently occupy.

The Royals are one of just six clubs who have beaten Setchell's troops in their first term at Step Four of the non-league ladder. A hat-trick of penalties from left-back Louis Keenan was enough to condemn Lynn to a 3-1 defeat on the Royals' artificial 3G surface in November.

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But they will be hoping for happier times this afternoon when they return to a stadium which has given them little joy over the years.

This afternoon is the Royals' 12th visit to The Walks, a ground on which they have never won – recording just four draws in the process. Their first visit was in 1983 when Martin Coupe got the only goal of the game and their last was in 2005 when a similar scoreline saw Lynn – reformed after the original club when bust in 2009 - progress in the league cup.