King’s Lynn expect Speight of goals from new signing

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King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell finally boosted his attacking ranks on Saturday by completing the signing of Jake Speight.

Speight’s weekend arrival ended Setchell’s frustrating and long search for a new frontman.

The vastly-experienced Speight arrives at the Walks from Conference North side Harrogate Town, who he was on target for against Lynn in the FA Trophy last season.

Delighted Linnets chief Setchell, who missed out on a number of targets at the top end of the field during the summer, said: “It’s been a long and sometimes painful search. I am really pleased to have finally got Jake to the club.

“His record, at a particularly high level of football, speaks for itself. He has scored goals at a decent rate over a period of time and I feel he will prove to be a very, very valuable acquisition for King’s Lynn Town Ffootball Club.

“He has tasted success, along with Lee Stevenson at Mansfield Town, in winning a championship medal and I am looking forward to working with him as we strive to hit the ground running in the Southern League.

“Now, along with my other strikers, we have some real potency at the top end of the field and competition for places which is always very healthy.”

Speight, 29, has featured for numerous clubs, including Bradford City, Bury Town and Droylsden.

But it was at Wrexham and Mansfield Town where he really made his mark, hitting 21 goals in 38 appearances for the Welshmen and a further 24 goals in two spells with the Stags.

Lynn’s new arrival made an instant impact on his debut as the Linnets continued their unbeaten pre-season at Rugby Town on Saturday.

Speight, who come on in the second half, nodded home a cross from fellow substitute Jackson Ramm as Lynn saw off the Evo-Stik North, Division One South outfit.

A high-tempo first half saw chances at both ends but no goals with the home side having slightly better of the chances.

Tonight, Lynn conclude their pre-season preparations with a trip to Grantham Town.

On Friday night, a Lynn XI went down 3-1 to Wisbech Town in the Denis Harris Memorial Trophy.

Early goals saw the teams level on 15 minutes with Robert Palmer cancelling out Matt Sparrow’s strike.

A further goal from Sparrow midway through the second half saw the home team regain the lead before ex-Linnet Charley Sanders wrapped up a rather-flattering victory for the Fenmen in the dying seconds.

Lynn fielded first-team squad members Alex Street, Liam Fryatt, Ryan Fryatt, Jackson Ramm, Jack Frohawk and David Bridges at the Elgoods Stadium.

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