Setchell left baffled by up-and-down Lynn campaign

Gary Setchell looks on as Merthyr make it 3-0.
Gary Setchell looks on as Merthyr make it 3-0.
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King’s Lynn Town FC boss Gary Setchell is at a loss to explain his side’s inconsistency going into tomorrow’s home clash against Chesham United at The Walks.

Setchell has been left completely baffled by Lynn’s up-and-down campaign after Tuesday’s 3-2 home reverse to Merthyr Town.

Matty Castellan attempts to clear the ball.

Matty Castellan attempts to clear the ball.

The Linnets found themselves three goals down at the interval following an abject first-half showing.

A frustrated Setchell said: “If you take our top ten results and performances and results we should be in the top three, but if you take our bottom eight then we shouldn’t have a point.

“We’ve got to be a lot more consistent.

“We thought we had got the Kettering home display out of our system by winning at St Neots, but for the first 35 minutes on Tuesday our performance was worse than the Kettering game.

“After the St Neots game we had given ourselves the perfect platform to build on, but we’ve fluffed our lines again.”

Despite the midweek setback, Lynn still remain a few points shy of a play-off berth and Setchell has reiterated the importance of tomorrow’s game.

“Saturday is a massive game for us,” admitted the Linnets boss.

“If we win then we’ve repaired a little bit of the damage from the Merthyr game.

“But Chesham won’t be easy. People will look at the table and say they are 18th but they won away at Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup.

“They are playing catch up as they lost a lot of games because of their great FA Cup run.

“For me they are a top-half side and I am expecting another very difficult game.”

Midfielder Lee Smith (calf strain) joins long-term absentee Conor Marshall on the treatment table, while Toby Hilliard serves the third of a four-match suspension.

On the Tuesday night defeat against Merthyr, Setchell said: “It’s a hard one as manager to watch that first 35 minutes after Saturday.

“It was probably as bad as it has ever been in the 300-odd games which I’ve been in charge. I remember being 4-0 down to Cambridge City in the FA Cup but Tuesday was right up there with that.

“I said to the players after the game that don’t let the two goals think that you did well after the break as our performance was nowhere near good enough.

“It’s a real head scratcher, but I’m not making excuses. The players didn’t reach the same levels as they did at St Neots. I think the players thought it was going to be too easy and perhaps didn’t give Merthyr the full respect which they deserved and we’ve had our collars felt.

“Why they were hungrier than us for the first 35 minutes I will never know when we were four points off the play-offs and they were 19th in the league.”

Evo-Stik Southern League Premier top 20

Poole T 27 16 7 4 55

Chippenham T 27 12 10 5 46

Hitchin T 23 12 7 4 43

Redditch U 25 11 10 4 43

Hungerford T 25 11 9 5 42

Biggleswade T 27 13 3 11 42

Weymouth 25 10 11 4 41

Dunstable T 26 11 7 8 40

Kettering T 25 12 4 9 40

Leamington 24 11 6 7 39

Dorchester T 26 11 6 9 39

King’s Lynn T 26 12 2 12 38

Slough T 27 10 6 11 36

Stratford T 21 9 6 6 33

Cambridge C 22 9 5 8 32

St Neots T 27 7 11 9 32

Chesham U 22 9 4 9 31

Merthyr T 27 8 6 13 30

Cirencester T 24 9 3 12 30

Histon 28 8 5 15 29