King’s Lynn Town FC boss Gary Setchell believes his team have turned the corner defensively with the new Southern Premier League on the horizon.
And Setchell has put that down to the impact of summer arrivals Sam Gaughran and Kern Miller.
The two centre-halves look to have added some much-needed steel to a defence that leaked goals for fun in the second half of last season.
Speaking after a 1-0 success over Dereham Town on Wednesday night, when a late Ryan Fryatt header clinched victory, Setchell said: “I think we are beginning to look a lot more solid at the back.
“I’ve done what I had to do and that was to address some of the defensive calamities from last season.
“Kern, who was probably the best player on the pitch at Harlow, made a slight error and got punished for their goal and Sam got done at a set-piece against Boston, where we defended magnificently for the majority of the game.
“We are looking a lot better and I’m reasonably happy with the progress we’ve made in our three run-outs so far.
“To be a top-eight side in this league you can’t afford to concede more than 50 goals, which will mean dropping 30 or 40 goals which we conceded last season.”
Gaughran, who made 93 appearances for Lowestoft, has caught the eye in his first two friendly appearances.
“I thought Sam was outstanding against Dereham,” said Setchell, whose side host AFC Sudbury at The Walks tomorrow (3pm).
“He’s a big chap but he gets the job done and more importantly he is the leader we’ve been looking for since we lost Phil Gulliver.
“He has a massive presence in the dressing room. He’s done it at this level and the one above and he has got the respect of the other players too.
“Sam is a player I’ve admired for some time and he will help the youngsters at the club, as will the likes of Lee Stevenson and David Bridges.”
Setchell hopes to complete the signing of a striker – the final piece of his jigsaw – in time for Lynn’s Southern League opener at Merthyr Town on August 8.
“I’ve got to get that striker and if I do get the one I want then I think he is going to be worth waiting for,” admitted Setchell. “I am getting close and hopefully something might be completed by the end of next week.”
n Lynn Reserves, who beat Cromer 3-0 (Luke Biles, Alan Burch and Robbie Palmer), begin their Thurlow Nunn Division One league campaign at home to Team Bury on Saturday, August 8, with a trip to Ely the following Tuesday.
The local derbies against Downham Town take place on Friday, September 18 (away), with the return game on Saturday, February 27.