Witness the fitness: Gary Setchell says King’s Lynn Town will continue to run teams into the ground

Lynn's Dan Jacob. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's Dan Jacob. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell says no one will be fitter than his team next season.

The Linnets will be campaigning in the Northern Premier League following last season's spectacular championship winning season in Division One South.

Much of that success was built on Lynn's ability to see out games to the very end.

'I think fitness led us to the title last year,' said Setchell, whose side entertain Cambridge Utd in their latest friendly this evening.

'The amount of late goals we scored I think was crucial. I think the way we battered teams second half, especially at home, last year was due to fitness and we will be as fit as anybody this year. 'Even when we played Conference teams last year we weren't lacking in the fitness department.

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'We have a young squad and that told towards the end of last season.'

Full-back Ryan Clarke and right winger Andy Hall made their latest appearances in Lynn colours in a 2-2 friendly home draw with Dereham Town on Tuesday, with Setchell happy that his players have 'summered' well.

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'I was very, very happy,' he said. 'If you look at the lads, they have worked very hard through the summer.

'We have not got anyone out of condition, they are all in decent shape. We have just got to work on getting up to game pace now, which they are working very hard at.

'We have a fitness instructor coming in to put us through our paces as well. We are doing everything right. The lads are responding very well to the training and I expect that while there will be games where we do get beat, it certainly won't be through lack of fitness.'

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