King’s Lynn Town FC manager Gary Setchell hopes Jacek Zielonka’s first goal for almost two months will kick-start his season – starting with tomorrow’s trip to Leamington.
The Polish frontman bagged his first goal of 2016 at home to Bedworth United last weekend and Setchell believes there is still better to come from the 28-year-old.
Although Zielonka has only found the back of the net twice this campaign, Setchell said: “If you take Jacek’s ten best things and ten worst things, they are probably so far apart it’s unbelievable.
“If you put his best ten bits on video footage he would probably get a move to the MLS, but his ten worst things probably wouldn’t get him a place in Pedro’s (Alex Street) Sunday League reserve side.
“Saturday’s goal is probably what he needed. He is frustrating for a manager and fans, but he is one of those types of players who can leave people on the edge of their seats with individual bits of brilliance.
“He has had a good run in the team and other managers are quite complimentary about him when you speak to them.
“Jacek has come on leaps-and-bounds and I think he is another one who will get better next season, although he is not a youngster, if you like.”
Zielonka was one of six first-team squad members to play against Downham Town in a Thurlow Division One derby on Tuesday night.
Goalkeeper Alex Street, Toby Hilliard, Liam Fryatt, Dylan Edge and Sam Mulready also featured. Goals from Mulready and Hilliard saw King’s Lynn Town Reserves run out 2-0 winners (see page 111).
Setchell feels his in-form side owe Leamington one following the 1-0 reverse at The Walks last October.
“Hopefully we can come back with a big result at Leamington,” said Setchell.
“We battered them here, but lost 1-0 in what was probably one of our performances of the season.”
Leamington boss Paul Holleran demanded an improved performance from his players after their home defeat to Hitchin earlier this month and the Brakes duly obliged with a 1-0 success over Dunstable Town on Tuesday night.
The Brakes are three points behind Lynn in the league standings, but have three games in hand on The Walks outfit.
Striker Lee Stevenson is set to return to the Lynn squad following his one-match ban.