Linnets limping for Walks league cup clash

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A raft of injuries and suspensions may force Linnets manager Gary Setchell’s hand when his side host Lincoln United tonight.

The Doodson Sport Cup (League Cup) is low on Lynn’s priority list, but Setchell’s squad is down to the bare bones for the visit of the EvoStik Division One South outfit.

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Striker Sam Mulready broke his nose during Saturday’s home defeat by Curzon Ashton (see page 47 for report), while midfielder Dan Quigley picked up a foot injury.

With front-man Gregg Smith struggling with a back injury and Steve Spriggs serving the second of a three-match ban, Setchell’s selection options are limited.

Linnets boss Setchell said: “We’ve got a League Cup game. I will be playing players who need the minutes most and resting players who I think need a rest most.

“We’ve got to roll our sleeves up and dig in again. We’ve got ourselves in a great position but we have got some very tough games coming up.”

Defender Jackson Ramm and wide-man Jake Jones both return from suspensions, while Chris Ward and Shaun Stocker may both start.

On Saturday, Lincoln United suffered a slender 1-0 reverse at Newcastle Town. But before then a ten-game unbeaten run lifted them up to fifth in the table.

Meanwhile, defender Henry Eze was shown a red card in Lynn’s weekend top-of-the-table Walks clash.

On Eze’s dismissal, Setchell said: “I think it was a red but I think his tackle looked worse than what it actually was.

“He has come in heavy and he is a big bloke and it has cost us the game. It’s the way he plays. He did a similar one at Halesowen and got away with it.

“Henry has got to learn. We can’t afford to lose players for three games at a time over silly tackles in midfield areas where he didn’t need to be.

“I’m hitting the lads hard in the pocket with their discipline.

“Henry is now going to miss games, Jonesy (Jake Jones) is banned for mouthing off, Spriggsy (Steve Spriggs) lashed out and we are also going to now lose Quigs (Dan Quigley) for a match after picking up his fifth booking.”