King’s Lynn Town FC boss Setchell aims to spoil Weymouth play-off bid

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King’s Lynn Town FC boss Gary Setchell is relishing the opportunity of lowering the colours of another promotion hopeful tomorrow.

Weymouth are the visitors to The Walks in the first of back-to-back home games for the Linnets against play-off chasing sides in four days.

Setchell’s players have become specialists in bringing high-flying Southern League opposition down to size on their own patch.

As the table stands, the Linnets have already beaten four of the current top seven on home soil with victories against Poole (3-2), Chippenham (2-0), Redditch (1-0) and Hitchin (1-0).

Ahead of the visitors of the Terras, Setchell said: “I’d love to beat both Weymouth and Hungerford at home.

“If we were to finish 13th or 14th in the table, which we still could do, it would be regarded as a poor season, but if we can put a run together to finish either seventh or eighth then it will be considered a good one.

“We’ve got nothing to fear and it would be good if we could put both Weymouth and Hungerford on the mantle piece too.

“It will give us a springboard and confidence for the remainder of this campaign and for next season too, knowing that we are capable of beating so many of the top teams.”

Setchell has been delighted with the attitude and desire of his young squad, considering they lost three of their first four games this term.

“The big feature of our season is how the players have responded,” admitted Setchell.

“We’ve had one or two horrible results, but more often than not the team have bounced back.

“If we get to 70-plus points, then we’ve had to work hard for every one of those. Everybody wants to see King’s Lynn at the top of the table every season, but that isn’t realistic in the current climate.

“We’ve brought players in at the right time. Matt (Castellan) has been a revelation, Lee (Smith) has been very good and with John (Sands) we have found somebody who can score goals.

“We may have to move two or three things around in the summer to take the club forward another step. But we will continue to keep working hard on all fronts with the first team, reserves, under-18s and under-16s.”

The trio of Castellan (ankle), Sands (broken wrist and sore achilles) and Smith are all injury doubts for tomorrow’s game along with club captain Sam Gaughran (ankle).

On Tuesday night, Weymouth enhanced their play-off aspirations by beating Leamington 1-0 at home.

Reflecting on the victory, Terras’ defender Ashley Wells told the Dorset Echo: “I would say it was up there with one of our best team performances of the season, everyone worked hard and dug in.”

Next Thursday, the Linnets will be holding a fans’ forum in the Linnets Lounge at 7.30pm, where coach Neil Fryatt, Reserves boss Robbie Back, his assistant Marc Curson and Setchell will all be in attendance.

Setchell set out a clear message to supporters, saying: “I urge people to come along and ask questions on football and non-football related matters.

“I’m more than happy to talk to anyone and will answer what I can.”