King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell is prepared to stick by his young-guns going into tomorrow’s FA Trophy clash at Belper Town.
Lynn’s injury-hit squad, with five players on the treatment table, produced a dazzling display of passing football, full of grit and determination to defeat Biggleswade in the Southern League Premier Division on Tuesday night (see page 111 for report).
The victory lifted Lynn into the top half of the table for the first time this season.
And with their injury woes showing no signs of easing, Setchell is likely to keep faith with the same players for the First Qualifying Round clash.
Setchell said: “There were so many positives to come out of the game for me on Tuesday night and I’m delighted as it has added a few more players to my squad.
“The only way you find out about these players is by chucking them in at the deep end and that’s exactly what we did against Biggleswade.
“Not only have we won 2-1 but we’ve also had to come from behind with such a young team and show a little bit of character.
“I will always pick what I feel is the best team I have available to win a football match and it would be hard to disregard the same players after putting in such a good performance on Tuesday.
“We knew that Birdy (Simon Bird) could come in and do a job at right-back following the League Cup win against Barton Rovers. And we knew that Matty (Castellan) and Ryan (Fryatt) could play together in the heart of our defence after that same game.”
Belper, known as The Nailers, were relegated having finished bottom of the Premier Division last season and are currently 18th in the Division One South having won just four of their 14 league games.
They have run foul of the officials a number of times this season having seen six red cards and 27 cautions in all competitive matches and have former Boston United forward Ben Fairclough suspended on Saturday.
Nailers new signings Tyrell Shannon-Lewis and Alex Steadman, who made their debuts last Saturday in the 5-2 win over Gresley, are cup-tied having played for Basford United and Gresley respectively.
The winners will receive £2,700.
Evo-Stik Southern League
Premier Division top ten
Team P W D L Pts
Poole T 16 10 3 3 33
Leamington 17 9 5 3 32
Redditch U 17 9 5 3 32
Weymouth 17 8 6 3 30
Chippenham T 16 7 7 2 28
Hungerford T 18 7 6 5 27
Dorchester T 17 7 4 6 25
Slough T 18 7 4 7 25
Cirencester T 16 7 2 7 23
Lynn Town 17 7 2 8 23