Setchell makes milestone in Lynn home Trophy tie

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King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell says it will be a privilege to take charge of the Linnets when he reaches a managerial milestone this weekend.

Tomorrow’s FA Trophy clash against Harrogate at The Walks will be Setchell’s 250th competitive game as boss.

And the 39-year-old, who was first appointed as joint manager with Kevin Boon back in January 2010, is eager to mark the milestone with a special victory.

Setchell, whose team will be underdogs going into the tie, said: “I’m excited. It’s obviously a big game for me, personally, because of the milestone but it’s also a big game for the team.

“If I had to select a match for a milestone fixture then playing higher-league opposition in a cup game would be exactly what I would pick.

“It’s great to reach such a milestone but the most important thing for me is trying to beat a very tough Harrogate side on the pitch.

“The milestone will have no bearing on me.

“Once Saturday morning gets here all I will be thinking about is preparing my side for the game.”

Setchell currently boasts a 68 per cent win ratio during his time in the dugout at The Walks.

Lynn have won 164 of the 249 games under his guidance with 30 draws and 55 losses.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to manage this football club.

“I want to do well for the football club. I want to do well for my chairman and the fans as I am a King’s Lynn lad.”

If Setchell’s side are to come out on top this weekend, they’ll have to overcome a big-spending Harrogate outfit, who have been widely-tipped for promotion from the Conference North this season.

Although they haven’t made the best of starts to the campaign, Harrogate showed their potential by claiming only their second win on the road this season with a 1-0 league success at Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night.

That win lifted Harrogate, who are managed by former Linnet Simon Weaver, up to 12th in the league standings,

“They were second favourites for promotion at the start of the season,” said Setchell.

“Make no bones about it they are a high-quality team which contains a number of ex-Football League players.”

Defender Henry Eze sits out the last of a three-match suspension while influential midfielder David Bell will undergo a late fitness test.

Setchell, who has had Harrogate watched, said: “If David isn’t right then he won’t be risked. We wouldn’t want to play him if he wasn’t properly fit and lose him for six weeks.”

A prize of £4,000 awaits the winners and a place in 
Monday’s First Round proper draw.