Boss challenges King’s Lynn Town to keep in play-off mix

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Linnets boss Gary Setchell has challenged his developing squad to keep winning going into tonight’s home clash against Merthyr Town at The Walks.

Three Southern League points against the Martyrs and other results going in their favour could see King’s Lynn Town FC move within striking distance of the play-offs.

Lynn manager Setchell said: “We are looking for a top-half finish. If we can keep players fit, who knows what we can achieve.

“Merthyr battered us at the start of the season and I fancied them to be a top-three side but that hasn’t happened.

“We’ve got two home games coming up and although you don’t want to look too far ahead if we can pick up a couple of wins we will be right in the mix.

“It’s important that we keep our feet on the ground because we are still a developing 
group.

“But we’ve got to keep developing in the right way and wins on the road like St Neots on Saturday will help us.

“Can we get fifth place in the league, why not? No one will do to St Neots what we did to them on Saturday.

“We are play-off contenders, of course we are, but there are 10 or 12 teams who are play-off contenders.”

Midfielder David Bridges, Lynn’s match winner at St Neots on Saturday (see page 47 for report), believes a place in the play-offs is still well within reach.

Bridges said: “I still think we’ve got a massive chance as everyone is beating each other. Our season is still more than alive.

“Apart from Weymouth away and a strong Merthyr side on the opening day of the season we haven’t played anyone that scares us at all.

“There’s nothing to be afraid of and if we can put three or four wins together we could be looking at the season in a different light.”

On his late winner against the Saints, which had a touch of fortune about it and appeared to go into the net via a delicate part of his anatomy, Bridges said: “We crowded the St Neots goalkeeper and we did it all of the game.

“We knew what he was about and wanted to put him under pressure. In the first half we weren’t doing enough to put the ball in the net and it was a case of doing whatever it takes to score.

“I’ve just tried to keep it alive and smother the ball as they tried to clear it and I took one for the team shall we say.

“It’s incredible really because with all the quality we’ve got in the team and all the chances we’ve created, it takes a goal like that to win a game.

“It really has been the theme of our season, but we can take away some massive confidence from this result.”

Merthyr have midfielder Elliot Scotcher suspended, with defender Cortez Belle and striker Corey Jenkins out injured.

Despite winning the opening day encounter with Lynn, the Martyrs have struggled this season with injuries and unavailability of players because of work commitments proving a major problem. The Martyrs have lost their last five games and have one win in nine league outings – that coming against bottom club Bideford.

For Lynn, Toby Hilliard sits out the second of his four-match suspension.

Evo-Stik Southern League

Premier Division top 20

Poole T 27 16 7 4 55

Chippenham T 27 12 10 5 46

Redditch U 25 11 10 4 43

Hungerford T 25 11 9 5 42

Biggleswade T 27 13 3 11 42

Weymouth 24 10 10 4 40

Hitchin T 22 11 7 4 40

Dunstable T 26 11 7 8 40

Kettering T 25 12 4 9 40

Leamington 24 11 6 7 39

King’s Lynn T 25 12 2 11 38

Dorchester T 25 10 6 9 36

Slough T 27 10 6 11 36

Stratford T 21 9 6 6 33

St Neots T 26 7 11 8 32

Cambridge C 22 9 5 8 32

Cirencester T 23 9 3 11 30

Chesham U 21 8 4 9 28

Merthyr T 26 7 6 13 27

Histon 27 7 5 15 26