Must-win Walks game for King’s Lynn Town play-off hopes

Kodie Turvey scores his first goal.
Kodie Turvey scores his first goal.
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King’s Lynn Town FC boss Gary Setchell says tomorrow’s home clash against Redditch United at The Walks is a must-win game for his side if they are to remain in the play-off picture.

With a trip to fellow promotion hopefuls Dunstable on the horizon the weekend after next, the Linnets chief is well aware of the importance of Redditch’s visit.

Setchell said: “Our whole season is on the line for us on Saturday. We need to win to keep in touch with the teams we are trying to catch.

“It really is a season-defining game for us. If we win then we are still right in the mix, but if we lose a defeat will push us even further away.

“We’ve got to stand up and be counted again. A loss would mean that we would need to go on another three or four game unbeaten run before we could even think about the play-offs again.”

If Lynn’s young squad are to exceed all expectations and make the play-offs, Setchell feels that his side need to win 10 of their remaining 16 league fixtures.

“We need 10 wins from our last 16 minimum to have a squeak,” admitted the Lynn boss.

“Our home form has been good this season so anything is still possible. After a slow start to the season I think we are slightly over-achieving a little bit.”

The Linnets currently find themselves four points adrift of fifth spot in the Southern Premier Division standings.

Tomorrow’s visitors currently hold the fifth berth, but Lynn have already beaten the top two, in both Poole and Chippenham Town, on home soil this season.

The much re-arranged trip for the first team’s visit to Cambridge City is now scheduled for Wednesday, April 6.

King’s Lynn Town Reserves have announced the signing of striker Craig Gillies from Chatteris Town. Of Chatteris’s 36 Kershaw Senior A league goals this season, Gillies has scored 17 of them.

Reserve manager Robbie Back said: “I’ve been tracking Craig for a while, and with Dylan Edge making the step up to regular first team football, I thought it was the right time to bring him to the club. Obviously with Craig being 24 he will fit straight into our young squad set up.

“Craig was being watched by several other clubs.”

Tomorrow, Lynn Reserves travel to rock-bottom Needham Market Reserves (see page 103).

Two goals by Kodie Turvey saw King’s Lynn Town’s under 18 team defeat their counterparts from Peterborough Northern Star.

The result moved the young Linnets up to second place in the table and set up what could be the title decider when Western Division leaders Wisbech St Mary visit The Walks next Wednesday.

l Lee Stevenson was booked last Saturday, not Ryan Fryatt, as stated in Tuesday’s paper.

Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division

Top 10

Chippenham T 31 16 10 5 58

Poole T 29 16 9 4 57

Dunstable T 30 15 7 8 52

Weymouth 30 13 11 6 50

Redditch U 27 13 10 4 49

Hungerford T 28 13 9 6 48

Hitchin T 27 13 7 7 46

Dorchester T 29 13 6 10 45

King’s Lynn T 30 14 3 13 45

Leamington 27 12 7 8 43