King’s Lynn Town boss Setchell faces battle to keep ace Sands at Walks

John Sands volleys in his first goal
John Sands volleys in his first goal
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David Bridges (6) goes to congratulate goalscorer John  Sands.

David Bridges (6) goes to congratulate goalscorer John Sands.

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King’s Lynn Town FC manager Gary Setchell admits he faces a battle to keep striker John Sands at the Walks after the Linnets ended their season on a winning note on Saturday.

Sands netted in either half to take his personal account to six goals in 10 appearances since his loan move from Boston United.

The striker is a free agent in the summer and Setchell said: “There will be a host of clubs trying to sign John, I’m in no doubt about that.

“We won’t have the most money for him, it’s as simple as that, but he has really enjoyed his time with us.

“I have a good relationship with him, he’s had a taste of what King’s Lynn can offer him and he is quite popular in the dressing room.

“Hopefully that will stand us in good stead when other clubs are offering him the big money.

“I want to sign him and will be doing everything I can to try to sign him. We’re in the hat along with everyone else in the area.”

Setchell admitted that the frontman had made a big difference to his side during the second half of the campaign.

“The difference between the first part of the season and the back end has been the goalscorer,” said Setchell.

“He set us off against Cambridge City the other night, he scored the winner against Hitchin here, got two quick goals at Biggleswade and two more today.

“That makes a big difference to your team. There have been a lot of games this season where we have had lots of possession but we haven’t been able to convert our chances into goals or points.”

Although Richard Gregory replied for the visitors after Sands’ double, Setchell said: “I thought we played excellent in the first half.

“I feel a lot happier at the end of this season than what I did at the end of last season.

“We set out to finish in the top half and I would like to kick on again next season.

“The budget isn’t likely to change so to do that, I’m going to have to move things around a little bit.”

Lynn: Street, R. Fryatt (L. Fryatt 74), Yong, Castellan, Gaughran, Bridges, Clunan, Stevenson, Hilliard, Sands (Mulready 80), Zielonka (Edge 60). Subs: Miller, Friend.

Booked: Clunan, Hilliard. Scorer: Sands 19, 63.

Stratford: Cutts, Moses-Garvey, Stringfellow, Simpson, Francis, Roberts, Tulloch, Magee (McGrath h/t), Fagan, Gregory, Angus (Sheldon 66). Subs: Moran, Delfounese.

Booked: Roberts. Scorer: Gregory 69.

Attendance: 466.

The Linnets Lounge hosted the traditional end of season awards on Saturday evening.

Also the first three ex-Linnets were inducted into the King’s Lynn Town Hall of Fame and were all awarded a special momento by Linnets manager Gary Setchell.

Roll of honour. Youth Team Players’ Player Of The Season: Kodie Turvey: Youth Team Manager’s Player Of The Season: Dylan Edge.

Reserve Team Players’ Player: Simon Bird: Reserve Team Manager’s Player: Kevin White.

First Team Players’ Player: Joint Winners: Ryan Fryatt and Alex Street: Manager’s Player: Ryan Fryatt. Chairman’s Player: Michael Clunan.

Supporters’ Youth Team Player: Dylan Edge. Supporters’ Reserve Team Player: Dylan Edge. First Team Supporters’ Player: Alex Street.

Double G Reserves Player: Simon Bird: Runner-up Kieron Shipp. KJ Player: Tom McLeish.

Friends Of The Linnets Player. First Team: Alex Street. Reserve Team: Simon Bird. Youth Team: Dylan Edge. Hall of fame: 1 Mick Wright, 2 Malcolm Lindsay, 3 Jack Defty.

See back page for winners’ picture.