King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell wants his players to remain ‘honest’ going into the club’s penultimate home fixture of the season.
The Linnets host Hungerford Town at The Walks tonight with the visitors making their first-ever visit to West Norfolk knowing they need to win in order to keep their play-off hopes alive.
Setchell said: “We had 500 against Weymouth today and that’s a good crowd, and all I want the players to be is honest with them.
“At the end of last season, I was trying to make every excuse under the sun about inept performances. But I was proud of my team’s performance against Weymouth and that’s what the fans want to see, the players being honest.
“I’m pleased we got a point on Saturday and, possibly we could have got all three, or even none because it was that type of game. I’ve got some tired bodies in the changing room as it was a proper football game and I’m hoping that Saturday hasn’t taken too much out of them.”
Reflecting on the season as a whole, Setchell said: “I feel that we’ve left 12 points at home this season without the away points.”
Three of Hungerford’s remaining four games are away from home including a visit to play-off rivals Leamington.
The Crusaders’ form has been a little mixed with seven wins and five defeats from their last 12 league outings. When the clubs met at Bulpit Lane in November Hungerford ran out 2-1 winners.
“We don’t want another team doing the double over us,” said Setchell.
“We prevented Weymouth from achieving that on Saturday and would like to do the same against Hungerford.
“I guess the teams in and around the top of the table are pleased that King’s Lynn are batting for them by taking points from other sides pushing for the play-offs.”
Tomorrow night, Lynn under-18s are in Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup action against Dereham Town. They should fancy their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the competition having already accounted for teams from Swaffham, Fakenham and Horsford all of whom also ply their trade in the Central Division.
The young Linnets, whose title hopes were boosted when Wisbech St Mary lost to March Town last week, were due to be in league action at Chatteris Town last night.