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Football: ‘We deserve a trophy’

Matty Hails

Matty Hails

KING’S Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell admits he would love to see Lynn’s current squad of players win the UCL Cup final.

Ahead of Monday’s showdown against St Ives (3pm), Setchell (right) feels the players deserve some success for their efforts on the pitch since the club was reformed.

Setchell said: “We’ve been the nearly-men in a lot of ways and I think the players, especially the ones who have been with the club for the last two years, deserve to win something.

“We’ve come so close on a number of fronts in the last two years so it would be good to finish the season with some silverware.

“There’s no pressure going into the final and I will be telling the players to go out and enjoy it. We will be doing our best to win the final and hopefully we might have a promotion to celebrate at the end of it in a couple of weeks’ time.”

The Linnets are unlikely to learn which league they will be playing in next season until after an FA allocations meeting on May 15.

But they hold every chance of going up as the best runners-up after Spennymoor, who didn’t apply for step four football, clinched the Northern League title on Monday night – leaving a spare slot for promotion.

For Monday’s showpiece at Yaxley, Setchell will keep faith with second-choice goalkeeper Matty Hails between the posts.

Hails has played in every round of the competition so far and Setchell said: “I did think about playing Alex (Street) but Matty has earned the right to play in the final.

“It wasn’t his fault we didn’t win the league and as second-choice goalkeeper Matty has shown a tremendous amount of loyalty to the club.

“He has travelled home and away to sit on the bench, but is still a big character in the dressing room and has been a huge help to Alex this season.

“The two of them are good friends. I said that this would be Matty’s competition from the very start and he has the full support and backing of Alex to play in the final.”

If the Linnets are to pick up their first silverware of the season then they will have to find a way of stopping prolific St Ives frontman Conor Washington.

Setchell is a big admirer of the 19-year-old, who has bagged a phenomenal 48 goals in all competitions this season.

“There’s no doubting that Conor is St Ives’ main man and he really has put himself in the shop window this season with his performances on the pitch,” said Setchell.

“He has pace to burn and is an outstanding goalscorer and it’s no surprise that every man and his dog are looking at him.”

As a superstition, Washington has been playing in dirty boots for long periods of his goalscoring exploits.

The Linnets will be aiming to wipe the slate – and the youngster’s boots – clean come quarter-to-five on Monday at Yaxley.

 
 
 

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