Setchell aims to sign seasoned defender

Ben Mackey, Hemel Hempstead Town FC. Picture (c) Darren Kelly hemelphotographer@gmail.com ENGPNL00120131014124050
Ben Mackey, Hemel Hempstead Town FC. Picture (c) Darren Kelly hemelphotographer@gmail.com ENGPNL00120131014124050
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King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell hopes to complete the signing of an experienced defender in time for tomorrow’s EvoStik League trip to Nantwich.

Setchell hopes to persuade the mystery player to join the Linnets after missing out on one target in Ben Mackey this week.

Coventry-based striker Mackey, who recently left Southern League Premier Division outfit St Neots, turned down a move to The Walks because of the travelling.

Setchell told the Lynn News: “I’ve missed out on Ben, but I’m still waiting for an answer from an experienced defender who is obviously with a club at present.

“I’m hoping to know by the end of the week. I thought we had a chance on Ben, but the travelling was going to be too much with him living in Coventry and working in Leamington.

“I didn’t think replacing George (Thomson) would be easy, but that’s part-and-parcel of being a football manager.”

The well-travelled Mackey (28), who started out at Coventry City, also played for Linfield in Ireland, Leamington, Brackley Town, Corby Town, Hemel Hempstead, Evesham United and Stourbridge.

Mackey re-wrote the Hemel Hempstead record books back in 2013/14 for the most goals scored in a single season.

After suffering back-to-home home league defeats last weekend, Setchell hopes to turn the tables by seeing Lynn record successive wins on their travels.

“On Saturday, we under-performed and when you do that things get scrutinised a lot more,” said Setchell, who hopes to have front-man Sam Mulready back from injury and available for selection.

“We’ve got to go to Nantwich and be solid. All of the players need to do their jobs and if they can do that then hopefully we will be talking about back-to-back away wins.

“Nantwich have recently had a change of manager and have brought somebody in who is a bit of a cult hero there, but we have got to deal with that.

“They are also in something of a false position in the league. It’s a nice club with nice people but hopefully we can upset them on Saturday.”

Nantwich completed their coaching staff this week by bringing in former Alsager Town manager Danny Griggs.

Griggs quit the North West Counties Football League outfit to accept an invitation from former teammate and new Dabbers manager Phil Parkinson to become his first team coach.

Parkinson, who succeeded Danny Johnson last week, also brought in former Crewe Alexandra and Macclesfield Town favourite Neil Sorvel as his assistant manager to complete his management team at the Weaver Stadium.

Griggs (35) will no need to introduction to Nantwich supporters having made more than 300 appearances for the Premier Division club.

He scored 103 times in total to fire them to successive promotions, the Cheshire Senior Cup and the club’s 3-1 FA Vase triumph over Hillington Borough in 2006.