King’s Lynn Town boss Setchell focusing on bank holiday double

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Gary Setchell will return to one of the clubs where he made his name as a player at the weekend when King’s Lynn Town travel to Kettering on Bank Holiday Monday.

But the Linnets boss is 
temporarily putting his emotions on hold until a quarter-to-five tomorrow after his side’s home clash against Paulton Rovers.

After Lynn’s brilliant three points at Cirencester last Saturday, Setchell is only focusing his thoughts on the first-ever visit of Paulton.

Setchell said: “Going back to one of my former clubs will be special but I’m not really looking any further than Saturday’s game against Paulton Rovers.

“It’s a big weekend for me personally, but in the grand scheme of things getting two results for King’s Lynn Football Club is more important.

“We’ve beaten both Cambridge and Cirencester so we’ve proved that we can mix it against sides in the top half of the table.

“For all we know, Paulton could be a top-six side who have made a slow start to the season so we will be taking them seriously.

“All of the teams in this league are well-organised. In every match we’ve played so far this season, the team who have scored first have gone on to win the game.

“Obviously I’d like us to score a few more goals, but I’d quite happily settle for two 1-0 wins over the weekend.”

Paulton Rovers, a village team based just outside Bristol, will arrive in Norfolk still looking for their first win of the season.

They are managed by Richard Fey who took over the hotseat in May having previously managed Bridgewater Town.

They were the bookies’ favourites for relegation at the start of the season, a decision seemingly justified by early results.

Last Saturday saw they took on bottom-of-the-table Bedworth, a match which ended goalless.

On Monday, Lynn make the short trip to Northamptonshire.

Setchell’s sole playing season at Kettering provided the now-Linnets boss with some of the happiest memories on the field.

It was Setchell who terminated Telford United’s gallant gallop towards the FA Trophy final back in 1999/2000.

His first leg winner for the Poppies proved enough to send them through to a Wembley appearance against Kingstonian.

“I have some great memories of Kettering as a player,” admitted Setchell.

“Scoring the winner to send them through to the FA Trophy final was special, as was playing in front of 20,000 fans at Wembley.”

His exploits for the Poppies saw him join Rushden & 
Diamonds the following 
season.

Kettering are now managed by Marcus Law, who returned in the summer four years after leaving them following a seven-month stint at the helm when Kettering were still in the top-flight of non-League football.

“Kettering have been always been regarded as a massive football club in the 1980s and late 1990s,” said Setchell.

“They are probably one of the unluckiest clubs not to achieve Football League status a few years ago having gone close a number of times.”

Lynn have fitness doubts over defender Sam Gaughran, who has turned his ankle, and midfielder David Bridges, who is carrying a couple of niggles.

“Both players will play some part over they weekend but at the moment neither of them are up to playing two games in 48 hours,” revealed Setchell.