King’s Lynn Town FC will keep mining own talent to bolster squad

MLNF 3.10.15 Thumbs up from Gary Setchell at the final whistle ANL-151011-105202001
MLNF 3.10.15 Thumbs up from Gary Setchell at the final whistle ANL-151011-105202001
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King’s Lynn Town FC boss Gary Setchell says the club will continue to try to produce its own talent going into the New Year.

The Linnets head into their first clash of 2016 at St Neots tomorrow with Setchell admitting that Lynn are probably a couple of players short of being a force in the Southern League.

First senior start for Dylan Edge

First senior start for Dylan Edge

Setchell, who would love to bolster his squad, said: “If I’m being totally honest I think we are one or two players short.

“If you could put a recognised 20-goal striker in our side, and that’s no disrespect to the lads who we’ve got playing for us at the minute as they have done great, it would make a big difference.

“But we can’t go out and get the likes of Rene Howe, Wilson Carvalho (both Kettering) and Tom Meecham and Drew Roberts (St Neots).

“It is a problem for us, but we’ve got young lads here who we can try to turn into these sort of players.

“We can keep working with these youngsters. Yes they will have quiet games, but in 18 months’ time we could have our own gem who we have found ourselves.

“That’s what we are working to, and in the meantime if a player comes along who wants to play for King’s Lynn, then great.”

Managed by former Wroxham and Downham boss David Batch, St Neots, who were one of the title favourites going into the new season, have slumped to 15th in the table.

They are the top scorers in the Southern Premier Division on their travels, but have struggled for goals at home.

On the game, Setchell said: “St Neots by their own admission are under-achieving at the minute and we’re roughly where I think we should be.

“It will be a very hard game for us, but the pitch will be great and we will be able to pass the ball which will suit us.

“In any game the first goal is important and the second one is a killer as it proved against Kettering.”

On the 3-0 Boxing Day reverse to the Poppies, Setchell said: “I think the effort was there and we had half of the possession. But they had four or five lads who won the league with Corby last season and that showed.

“They had that swagger, that winning mentality and, more importantly, they’ve got match winners.

“Although we huffed and puffed and matched them, they were the better side and we have to accept that.

“I was disappointed with our performance. We had 820 here and we haven’t done ourselves justice.

“We are better than what we were against Kettering.”

Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division top 15

Poole T 27 16 7 4 55

Chippenham T 26 11 10 5 43

Hungerford T 25 11 9 5 42

Weymouth 24 10 10 4 40

Hitchin T 22 11 7 4 40

Dunstable T 26 11 7 8 40

Redditch U 24 10 10 4 40

Leamington 24 11 6 7 39

Biggleswade T 26 12 3 11 39

Kettering T 24 12 3 9 39

Dorchester T 25 10 6 9 36

Slough T 27 10 6 11 36

King’s Lynn T 24 11 2 11 35

Stratford T 21 9 6 6 33

St Neots T 25 7 11 7 32