Lynn hope new signing lifts side after cup exit

Jake Jones consoles red carded Steve Spriggs
Jake Jones consoles red carded Steve Spriggs
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King’s Lynn Town have little time to get over the agony of their FA Cup exit when they host Belper Town at The Walks tonight (7.45pm).

Linnets boss Gary Setchell admits picking his side up for the EvoStik Premier League clash is going to be difficult after Saturday’s defeat to AFC Fylde.

Greg Smith signs on for the Linnets

Greg Smith signs on for the Linnets

Despite holding a slender lead at the interval, a second-half defensive collapse saw Lynn finish on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller (see page 46 for report).

Setchell has the unenviable task of raising morale after such a disappointment.

“It’s going to be difficult to lift the players if I’m honest,” said Setchell.

“The players are on the floor and they are going to take some picking up.

“They are absolutely devastated. We have given everything we’ve got and have used up a lot of gas. We are pig-sick.

“We’re in great form in the league. We are fifth in the table, with one or two games in hand on some of the teams above us, but we’ve got to get over this nightmare by trying to get three points.”

Reflecting on the weekend, Setchell said: “Before Saturday, we’d conceded one goal in our last four games. We missed Henry (Eze) and that really stuck out against Fylde.

“Fylde didn’t open us up with brilliant play, they’ve opened us up with us making terrible under-14 type errors.

“Mistakes happen and errors have cost us dearly. If it’s a league game you move on, but this is the cup and you only get one go at it.”

Lynn, meanwhile, have completed the signing of striker Gregg Smith from Grantham Town.

Smith, who also has Conference North experience, scored 21 goals in open play last season after joining the Gingerbreads from Eastwood in March 2013.

The Grantham-born player, 24, made 18 appearances (including two as sub) for the Gingerbreads this season scoring three goals.

On Smith’s arrival, which was announced before Saturday’s FA Cup clash with AFC Fylde, Setchell said: “Big Gregg will give everyone a lift.

“We are running on a small squad and Gregg will give us another option, especially away from home when we are under the cosh and trying to relieve the pressure.

“He is a proven goalscorer at this level and every time he has played against one of my teams he has been a handful.

“It will take time for him to settle in. This is a big club and no disrespects to the likes of Stamford and Grantham, but in my opinion this is a different platform to play your football on.

“Hopefully he will come in and score 21 league goals for us this season.”