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There may be little chance of a ball being kicked in anger this weekend – but when the Linnets do return to action, boss Gary Setchell wants his side to use their cup exploits as a springboard for promotion.

Tomorrow’s home game against Kidsgrove is already in severe doubt, but Monday night’s trip to Romulus could survive the current cold snap with the Midlands-based side playing on the 3G surface at Sutton Coldfield.

And Setchell has called on his players to put their memorable Trophy run to good use.

Setchell said: “Southport had to bring their A-game to beat us and we’ve got to be proud of that.

“But now we’ve got to use it as a springboard to make sure if we can’t win the league, we finish second and if we can’t finish second we finish third, to get home advantage in the play-offs.

“We’ve had an incredible journey in the first half of the season, and we’ve got to make sure that the second half is just as memorable.”

Lynn’s prolonged run in this season’s FA Trophy, combined with the current cold snap, looks set to add to the club’s current fixture backlog.

But Setchell doesn’t see it as an issue, saying: “In the first weeks of the season we were playing Tuesday, then Saturday every week so I can’t see it being a problem for the players with us having plenty to play for.”

The Linnets will now host Lincoln United on Tuesday, February 5, and Sheffield two weeks later on February 19.

Lynn will also entertain Newcastle Town on Saturday, February 23, with the away trip to Chasetown being switched to Tuesday, March 19.

A busy few weeks will also see The Walks outfit travel to Carlton Town on Wednesday, March 6, and Market Drayton on Saturday, March 23.

All the fixtures involving senior West Norfolk sides look as though they will fall foul of the weather this weekend.

That list includes Fakenham Town and Swaffham Town’s trips to Ipswich Wanderers and Team Bury respectively, as well as Downham Town’s home game against Whitton United in the Thurlow Nunn League.