King’s Lynn Town positive going into crucial clash at Dunstable

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King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell wants his players to keep dreaming of the play-offs ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Dunstable Town.

Setchell knows a positive result against the fourth-placed Blues at Creasey Park will keep the Linnets right in the hunt going into games against Stratford Town (Tuesday) and Bedworth United (Saturday) next week.

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Lynn find themselves two points off a play-off berth and Setchell said: “We want a top-half finish this season, but let’s not stop dreaming about the play-offs.

“I said that we needed ten wins to have a chance before last weekend, now we need nine. If we’d beaten both Paulton and Bideford at home earlier in the season we would really be right in the mix.

“Dunstable are the only team in the top eight or nine who we haven’t played away and we’ve still got some massive games to play against the teams towards the top at home.

“At the start of the season I was looking at between 12 and 15 wins from our home games and eight or nine victories on the road and we’re not a million miles away from doing that.

“We are not going to give up and we will keep fighting until its mathematically impossible of making the play-offs.”

Setchell is under no illusions that the odds are stacked against his young squad, who lost three of their first four league fixtures this campaign.

“Whatever happens from here, we’ve had an alright season, but there eight or ten teams who still believe they can make the play-offs and we are one of those.

“It’s going to be tough. You can’t envisage Redditch going on a bad run as they are relentless and the same can be said about both Hungerford and Weymouth.

“We are mixing it with some big squads and some very big spending power with a team containing 70 per cent local players and a side of which 70 or 80 per cent are below the age of 23.”

Setchell hasn’t ruled out bringing in another fresh face if the right player becomes available.

“We can bring somebody in but he has got to be the right player for our squad.

“They’ve got to be someone who can make a real difference to the team. If they become available then Buster (Chapman) will back me to make it happen.”

Dunstable have registered the most home wins in the Southern League Premier Division this season, but their last two fixtures against Frome Town and Redditch United have been postponed.

Young striker Dylan Edge is expected to return to the Lynn squad after recently chipping a bone in his toe.

Evo-stik League Southern Premier top 10

Poole T 30 17 9 4 60

Chippenham T 31 16 10 5 58

Hungerford T 30 14 10 6 52

Dunstable T 31 15 7 9 52

Weymouth 31 13 11 7 50

Redditch U 28 13 10 5 49

Hitchin T 28 14 7 7 49

King’s Lynn T 31 15 3 13 48

Dorchester T 30 13 7 10 45

Leamington 27 12 7 8 43