FOOTBALL: Linnets target vital points

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Let’s take our brilliant FA Trophy form into the nitty-gritty of the league campaign and get back to winning ways.

That’s the message from Linnets manager Gary Setchell ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Leek Town in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

A succession of fine wins over higher-league opposition – including last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Worksop in the Trophy first round – has earned the Linnets a plum second round home tie against Conference league outfit AFC Telford United on December 15.

But in recent weeks Lynn slipped to successive defeats away to Sutton Coldfield and at home to Belper which has seen them lose ground on leaders Coalville Town and even drop to third place behind Stamford.

Setchell said: “There’s no doubt our Trophy form has been excellent and we must kick on from that win at Worksop. We need to play with the same endeavour as we showed in that match.

“I think we were unlucky not to have got anything from the Belper match while at Sutton it was just not our night for a number of reasons.

“But we’ve said all along that we are aiming for a top five place to at least get into the play-offs. Yes, it looks as if Coalville are running away with it at the moment, but we never, ever, said we would win the title. Top five is the target.”

Setchell has no further injury problems for the trip to Leek and says he has done his homework on the Staffordshire side: “We will have a game plan for them.”

Lynn’s Norfolk Senior Cup fixture at Thetford on Tuesday had to be called off because of all the rain and was re-scheduled for last night (Thursday). That change meant Setchell was going to re-think his line-up and while noting that King’s Lynn Town wanted to do well in the competition, he would have to consider the importance of getting league points on Saturday.

A coach for the Linnets’ match tomorrow to Leek Town will be departing at 10.30am, price for adults £17.50, under 16 £5. Phone 01553 766088 to book.

Club vice chairman Jonathan Chapman has resigned from his role due to the demand other commitments away from football.

He said yesterday: “It is unfortunate I haven’t been able to dedicate the time needed to the club as of late and I don’t see my situation improving. Therefore I feel it is best to announce my resignation to give the club an opportunity of finding somebody else to fill my role.”

Club chairman Keith Chapman said: “I would like to thank Jonathan for all his time and effort over the last few years helping us to rebuild the club.

“Obviously this will add strain to the day-to-day running of the club for myself and the other staff but I will be looking for someone else to fill his position as soon as possible.”