King’s Lynn Town in fitness battle for the visit of high-flying Bluebirds

Jordan Chapman (left) and Bradley Lake combine to stop a  Chatteris player.'Tim Smith
Jordan Chapman (left) and Bradley Lake combine to stop a Chatteris player.'Tim Smith
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King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell again faces a fitness battle ahead of tomorrow’s visit from second-placed Chippenham Town to The Walks.

Linnets defenders Kern Miller, Jordan Yong and Sam Gaughran are still all carrying injuries going into tomorrow’s encounter and the former is likely to be risked again with the hosts so short on numbers.

Lynn have announced the departure of striker Jake Speight.

Speight struggled to make an impact at the club following his arrival in early August and failed to find the back of the net since the Linnets kicked-off their Southern League campaign.

Setchell said: “Jake has left the football club. He has got a lot going on and with his injury and I had a chat with him after last Saturday.

“We had a handshake and I will now have to look at bringing another striker to the club. It just didn’t work out for him and he was honest for me after the game.

“He will probably retire now and he is also putting a lot of time into a new business venture.

“Toby (Hilliard) has been leading the line for us well but I need to bring somebody else in sooner rather than later.”

Hilliard is facing a three-match ban for his straight red card against Bedworth on Tuesday night.

Lynn are not the only team with injury selection problems – old Southern League rivals Chippenham began Tuesday’s game without any of their four recognised strikers as Ashan Holgate was suspended and Lee Phillips, Oli Taylor and Andy Sandell were all suffering from injuries, although the latter two came on as late substitutes.

Like the Linnets, the Bluebirds are also in the Emirates FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round draw on Saturday, October 10. Chippenham have been drawn away to Evo-Stik Southern Division One Central League side Uxbridge who sit 11th in the table.

In the 2nd Qualifying Round Chippenham won 3-2 at Bradford Town after twice falling behind.

The Wiltshire outfit slipped to second in the table in midweek after they were held to a 1-1 deadlock at home to Frome Town.

Matt Smith gave manager Mark Collier’s men the lead on 57 minutes only to be pegged back 13 minutes from time.

The third meeting between these two teams in 18 days not surprisingly ended in a stalemate.

Chippenham had already knocked out Frome 1-0 from the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round following a replay.

The West Country outfit have a familiar name in midfield: Alex Ferguson, who signed just over a year ago and was on loan from Swindon Town last season.

Top scorer is forward Sandell. The former Newport County, Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol Rovers player has six goals.

n The young Linnets beat Chatteris Town 8-1 at home in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division on Wednesday.

Scorers: Turvey (3), Burgess, Edge (3) and Setchell 

Evo-Stik Southern League

Premier Division top 18

Team Pl W D L Pt

Leamington 11 7 2 2 23

Chippenham T 11 6 4 1 22

Weymouth 12 6 4 2 22

Poole T 11 6 3 2 21

Dorchester T 11 5 4 2 19

Redditch Utd 10 5 4 1 19

Cirencester T 11 6 1 4 19

Hitchin T 11 5 3 3 18

Hungerford T 12 4 6 2 18

Stratford T 10 4 3 3 15

St Neots T 9 3 5 1 14

Cambridge City 10 4 2 4 14

Merthyr T 11 3 4 4 13

Biggleswade T 9 4 1 4 13

Chesham Utd 11 3 4 4 13

Histon 11 4 1 6 13

Kettering T 10 4 1 5 13

King’s Lynn T 11 4 1 6 13