King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell believes the current squad are too good to become embroiled in a relegation dogfight going into tomorrow’s home clash against second-spot Ashton United.
The Linnets’ 3-1 home defeat by Matlock on Tuesday night left The Walks outfit hovering just five points above the relegation zone.
Despite a return of one point from seven games, Setchell remains adamant that Lynn will pick up the points required to stay safe.
Setchell said: “We are looking over our shoulders a little bit, but if the players keep putting in honest shifts and show the character they have recently then we will be fine.
“We are feeling the pressure a little bit but if we keep working hard and sticking together like we did against Matlock then we will have no problems.
“I do think we will be fine. We are playing a lot of top teams at the minute, but then play a few of the sides in and around us.
“Those games will be vital that we pick up the two or three wins that we need to make sure we are not going into the last few matches being really nervous and the pressure really building.”
On the Tuesday night defeat, Setchell, who was quite rightly aggrieved at the late Matlock penalty award, said: “The decisions have gone against us, but when your luck is out you have to take it on the chest.
“We’re on a bad run but the players couldn’t have given me any more than what they did tonight.
“We were still winning the game with 15 minutes to go but my goalkeeper has made a mistake and it hasn’t taken the wind out of our sails.
“It’s a really disappointing result after we’ve made such a bright start.”
Lynn’s tally of cards means that they will go into the game against Frickley in two weeks time with three players suspended.
They made the perfect start against Matlock, in front of their lowest league gate since the end of the 1993-94 season, with a goal after three minutes when Henry Eze headed home David Bell’s free-kick.
A minute prior to that Lynn had had a lucky escape when Naill McManus’ left-wing cross deflected off Eze’s thigh and went over Alex Street and just past the post.
The remainder of the half produced few real chances.
Jamie McDonagh tried a long-range effort that stung Street’s hands and a Bell drive forced Jon Kennedy into a good save low down.
The first half ended controversially when Michael Frew received a straight red card for a lunge on Liam Needham.
Lynn’s ten-men looked comfortable for 30 minutes against The Gladiators before they crumbled by conceding three goals in nine minutes.
Street should have done better with McDonagh’s shot before Danny Holland scored his 100th Matlock goal when he converted Ted Cribley’s pass four minutes later.
Lynn’s misery was completed when David Bell was adjudged to have brought down Danny Frost and Holland scored from the spot.
Lynn: Street, Ramm (Spriggs 81), Yong, Watson, Eze, Quigley, Bell, Bridges, Frew, Mulready, Zielonka. Subs: Stocker, Ward, Pearson.
Booked: Eze, Watson. Quigley, Mulready. Sent-off: Frew. Scorer: Eze 3.
Matlock: Kennedy, Harcourt, Radford (Frost 63), Meade (Khan 46), Sabo, Banton, Cribley, Needham. McDonagh, Holland, McManus. Subs not used: Maxfield, Black, Yates.
Booked: McDonagh, Frost. Scorers: McDonagh 75, Holland 79, 83 (pen).
Evo-Stik League Premier Division
Lynn Town 36 12 8 16 44
Whitby Tn 35 10 12 13 42
Nantwich Tn 37 11 12 6 42
Ramsbottom 31 12 4 15 40
Stamford 36 11 7 18 40
Frickley 35 10 9 16 39
Witton Al 36 11 6 19 39
Marine 36 7 11 18 32
Trafford 35 4 12 19 24
Belper Tn 36 3 12 21 21