Title race is far from over, insists Gary Setchell after King’s Lynn Town go top
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King's Lynn Town climbed to the top of Evo-Stik Division One South on Saturday – but Gary Setchell knows only too well that the title race isn't over yet.
The Linnets reached the summit for the first time this season thanks to a 2-0 home win over play-off chasing Sutton Coldfield Town while stuttering long-term leaders Coalvile Town slipped up again, this time 2-1 at Newcastle Town.
Setchell's men now sit two points ahead of the Ravens – who were once 17 clear – with just three games to go. But having taken pole position in the closing stage of last year's United Counties Premier Division campaign, only to finish second to Long Buckby, Lynn's boss is refusing to take anything for granted.
He said: 'You can see in 90 minutes how quickly it changes. I thought Coalville would go to Newcastle and win, and that's probably being disrespectful to Newcastle. They drew with us and Stamford 0-0, they don't leak many goals, but I just thought after the other night (Lynn drawing 0-0 at Coalville) I thought Coalville would kick on and we'd have to wait till the last two games of the season. But results have gone for us.
'I remember last year, (Long) Buckby losing to Yaxley and we beat Newport (Pagnell), and I think everyone thought we were home and hosed then and we slipped up somewhere. We're desperate to win it, I'm desperate to win it, the supporters are desperate to win it.
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'They got behind us on Saturday but if we go a goal down next week we'll be getting slaughtered – we know the nature of the beast.
'But these lads should be proud of what we've achieved this season and we've just got to see it through and not be the nearly men again.'
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A second-half brace from Dan Jacob secured Lynn's first win in four matches as Coalville extended their miserable streak in the league to just one win in 12.
The former St Neots Town ace scored his fourth and fifth goals in just eight appearances since joining the club to send the Linnets faithful dreaming of winning their first title since the club reformed in 2010.
Both of his goals came inside the box in the second half, one with his right foot and one with his left, as he shone in a main striker role alongside his former Neots' team-mate Shane Tolley.
Lynn return to action on Saturday with a tough looking trip to in-form Market Drayton Town.
And Setchell is backing his players to deal with a new pressure of no longer chasing the men from Leicestershire.
'I said to the lads before the game, 'if you win all of the four games I promise you'll win the league',' added the Lynn boss.
'We've got to handle the pressure of being top now. We've got a very tough trip away to Market Drayton but if we play to our potential we're a very, very good side
'We've got a long, long way to go but we're in a great spot.
'We're in the box seat now and it's down to the players and me to handle the pressure and I'm sure it won't be a problem.'
- Click on the related link to read a match report from Saturday's game.