King’s Lynn Town boss Setchell refusing to get carried away by pre-season results

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King’s Lynn Town FC boss Gary Setchell insists that results are still unimportant despite his side stretching their unbeaten pre-season record on Tuesday night.

The Linnets recorded an impressive 1-0 victory at Conference North outfit Brackley Town thanks to a first-half goal from Lee Stevenson.

It took Lynn’s unbeaten summer sequence to five matches but Setchell said: “We’ve had a great pre-season but I don’t want anyone getting carried away.

“The Brackley win was a great result for us and, although it was a great confidence-booster, people have to remember there were no points at stake.

“You have to look back and remember where we finished last season. We finished 18th in the Northern Premier League and we’ve got to improve on that.

“I want us to be pushing for a top-eight finish this campaign and anything better than that will be a bonus.”

Brackley included former Linnets Owen Storey and Luke Graham in their line-up, but were played off the park by a slick Lynn passing display.

Setchell said: “We went to Brackley on a Tuesday night for a reason as we will have a lot of matches like that once the season proper gets here.

“It was probably better than our performance at Boston United because of the travelling the players had to do straight from work.

“We played some really good stuff. We worked hard and were strong all over the pitch. This group of players are a pleasure to work with.”

Tuesday night goalscorer Stevenson will miss tomorrow’s trip to Rugby Town, who are managed by former Lynn midfielder Gary Mills, because of a wedding.

Setchell praised the contribution of the attacking midfielder, saying: “Out of all of the players here, Lee has got to travel further than anyone.

“He hasn’t missed a training session or a match so far. He said that he had unfinished business at the club and the way he has played in pre-season shows that he means business.”

Setchell was yesterday appointed as the club’s general manager – a role he will start from Monday.

The full-time appointment will see him combining the first team with the day-to-day running of the club’s off-pitch activities, including attracting new sponsors and raising the profile of the club within the town.

Tonight, Lynn will send a mainly-reserve side to near-neighbours Wisbech Town (7.45pm).

Only the Lynn players on the bench at Rugby tomorrow will feature at the Elgood’s Stadium.