‘Massive’ month for high-flying Linnets

KL Town FC v Market Drayton in FA Trophy replay action ANL-140411-205820009
KL Town FC v Market Drayton in FA Trophy replay action ANL-140411-205820009
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King’s Lynn Town FC manager Gary Setchell has earmarked the rest of November as a ‘massive’ month for his high-flying side.

Tomorrow, fifth-placed Lynn entertain Curzon Ashton in a key EvoStik Premier League clash at The Walks.

Victory for the Linnets would see them leapfrog their Manchester-based opponents in the table.

Setchell said: “I see November as a massive month for us. We had some good fixtures in October and took full advantage of them.

“Now we will find out just how good we are as we’ve got a lot of big games coming up.

“They are matches you want to be involved in and they are meaningful games, playing the teams in and around us in the table.

“Physically they are going to be tough with the travelling and the level of opposition. There are some real battles on the horizon.

“Blyth and Buxton don’t leave anything out on the pitch, Stourbridge here in the FA Trophy will be a titanic battle for us, as Curzon Ashton will be on Saturday.”

The Nash, who will be making their first-ever visit to Norfolk, won the Division One North title last season and have settled into Premier Division life at a canter.

They have picked up just the one point from their last four away games, their last win coming by virtue of a single goal at Stourbridge in September.

“They are flying,” admitted Setchell on tomorrow’s fourth-placed visitors.

“They finished 19 points above Ramsbottom last season. They play good football and haven’t lost many in the league so it is going to be a hell of a test.”

Steve Spriggs begins a three-match suspension, while Jackson Ramm and Jake Jones will miss the game with bans.

But Lynn welcome back Michael Frew, who completed his suspension on Tuesday, and midfielder David Bell returns from holiday.

“It’s disappointing to lose my two wide men and Jackson Ramm, who are in decent form, it’s a real kick in the cans for us,” added Setchell.

“We were in adversity against Hednesford but we will just get on with it. We’ve got 12 senior players and the youngsters to select from.”

Reflecting on Lynn’s FA Trophy win on Tuesday night (see page 125 for report), Setchell said: “I know Market Drayton are a Step Four team but two years ago we were too and we’ve just totally disposed of them. We are big, strong and powerful; we’ve got pace and can play enough; and we are in decent shape.

“Injury-free and suspension-free we’re a handful and a match for anyone at this level.”

Lynn Reserves, without a win in their last four games, have a tough away trip to Long Melford.