King’s Lynn striker Sands hopes to make his name at Walks

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On-loan Linnets striker John Sands hopes to live up to the name of his Twitter handle in the remaining weeks of Lynn’s Southern League Premier Division campaign.

The Walks outfit go into the Easter progamme with games at Chesham tomorrow and at home to St Neots on Easter Monday eight points off a play-off berth.

And Lynn’s new frontman, who goes under the name of @scoresforfun on the social media network, hopes to do just that between now and the end of April.

After opening his account for the club in a 1-0 victory over Hitchin on Tuesday night (see page 109), Sands said: “It was nice to get off the mark.

“From a personal point of view it was good to get a full 90 minutes under my belt and just shy of that against Frome on the Saturday.

“On another day I could have perhaps scored a hat-trick, but I’m confident the goals will come.”

A double hernia operation last summer has restricted Sands’ recent progress.

“To be honest I just need games,” he said.

“I’m starting to get fit and I know I can score goals. I can use both feet and I’m good in the air if I get the right service.

“I would class myself as an old fashioned centre forward and I am hoping to score eight goals minimum between now and the end of the season.”

Sands hopes that his loan deal can be turned into a permanent one during the summer.

“I’ve been made to feel really welcome and I will sit down and talk to Setch at the end of the season,” revealed Sands.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell praised his players after they kept their play-off hopes alive and kicking.

Setchell said: “It’s not over until teams have got more points than what we can gain.

“We needed three wins before tonight to even think about even being called play-off contenders if you like, but we’ve got one of those against one of the hardest-working teams in the league.

“We matched Hitchin and I’ve got players on the floor in the dressing room.”

On Lynn’s winning goal, Setchell said: “It was going to take a little bit of magic or a moment of madness to win or lose the game.

“To play those five passes into Sandsy on that type of pitch was a bit of magic.

“That finish is what he does best. He comes alive in and around the box and he is a goalscorer, that’s what we brought him in for.”

Lynn are likely to be down to the bare bones over Easter, even though Matty Castellan is likely to be declared fit despite breaking his nose against the Canaries.

Michael Clunan will serve a two-game suspension, while Lee Smith is almost certain to sit both games out with a quad injury.

“With Michael being suspended for our next two games, it’s a massive blow to lose Lee Smith too,” admitted Setchell. It leaves us a little bit light in the middle of the park so we may have put Sam (Gaughran) back in there.”