Linnets chase loan deal before hosting leaders

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King’s Lynn Town are closing in on the signing of a loan player ahead of tomorrow’s huge home clash with Skelmersdale at The Walks.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell was hoping to complete a short-term deal for an attacking player last night.

Both David Bell and Jake Jones are injury doubts for the visit of the league leaders while both Michael Frew and Jackson Ramm start the first of two-match suspensions.

Setchell said: “I’m hopeful of bringing somebody in on a loan deal and if we get them it might put a few extra people on the gate.

“We haven’t had a lot of luck with injuries and the suspensions have hit us a bit. We’ve picked up some needless bookings this season and they have probably cost us between four and six points.

“Our attacking options are limited a little, but we’ve got Quigs (Dan Quigley) back and we also have George (Thomson) who can play in the same role as Belly if he fails his fitness test.”

Setchell, whose squad trained twice this week, believes if Lynn can pull off a victory then it could give them the belief to go on to reach the play-offs.

“If we can get a result against Skelmersdale then it could give us some real belief for the remainder of the season,” said Setchell.

“We need to find some more consistency with our performances and results. We have been too patchy at times.

“If we can have a good January then there’s nothing to stop us going on a four or five-match unbeaten run. Ashton have done it recently and so have Workington, so why can’t we?

“We are still not out of the equation by any stretch of the imagination. People on the inside know what we are about and there’s still a long way to go.

“If we are going to make a push we are going to have to beat some of the top teams at home and overcome our Achilles heel, which has been our away form.”

Setchell has relied on the help of some of his fellow Evo-Stik Premier League bosses to get the lowdown on Lynn’s Merseyside visitors.

“Neil (Fryatt) and myself can’t get to see as many matches involving our opposition as we would like so we have spoken to Karl Marginson (FC United) and Kevin Wilson (Ilkeston).

“When you are playing a side near the top or the bottom and it affects other sides, managers are happy to speak to you because it is in their interests.

“Skelmersdale are a very good side and they are top of the table for a reason.

“They have a lot of power and pace and move the ball about well.

“Possession will be key on Saturday and how hard we work without the ball will also be crucial.”

The Lilywhites have just completed the signing of goalkeeper Steven James (20) on a one-month loan deal from League One outfit Preston North End.

Saturday’s first team game at Witton, which was the victim of a waterlogged pitch, has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 17. The visit of Matlock Town to the Walks has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 10, leaving Lynn with eight games to play in that month.