‘Working’ towards a long unbeaten Linnets run

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Gary Setchell hopes Lynn’s first away win since the opening day of the season can be the catalyst for his side to go a long unbeaten run.

The Linnets host in-form Workington at The Walks tomorrow on the back of a welcome success on their travels last weekend.

Setchell is targeting a sequence of results similar to the run which his side enjoyed at the start of this campaign following Lynn’s 2-1 triumph at Marine on Saturday.

Lynn only lost one of their first four league games and Setchell said: “I’m hoping the win at Marine will give the players the belief to go on a little bit of a mini run.

“It doesn’t even have to be a long run because two or three wins on the bounce can see you climb the table in this league. Our performances haven’t reflected our results on the road, but if we can get something at home against Workington it will set us up nicely for the game at Nantwich and there is no reason why we can’t go home with something from three.

“If we can pick up another four or five wins on our travels it will go a long way to helping us finish above where we did last season.”

Workington make the league’s longest journey when they visit The Walks tomorrow.

Relegated last season, having finished bottom of Conference North without an away league win, the Reds were tipped for a swift return to the higher level at the start of the season.

Six games without a win in early autumn, however, made such predictions look unlikely but since then a run which has seen just two defeats in 15 games has moved them into a play-off position.

The Reds are somewhat shot-shy on the road averaging a goal a game and four of their five away wins have come against teams in the bottom six.

“They are the in-form side in this league,” said Setchell.

“It will be a really tough test for us but it’s a game I’m really looking forward to.”

Midfielder David Bridges will be sidelined for three weeks with his leg injury suffered at Marine, after being discharged from Aintree Hospital in Liverpool on Sunday; while there are slight doubts over David Bell, Jackson Ramm and Sam Mulready, although all three are expected to play some part in the game.

Striker Leon Mettam is likely to play his final home game before returning to Tamworth after the trip to Nantwich, while Linnets fans will get their first Walks glimpse of another loanee in Peter Winn.

The frontman has notched in both of Lynn’s last two games and Setchell said: “I’d love to keep Leon here for another month if I could, but I fully expect him to go back to Tamworth after we’ve played at Nantwich.

“He has helped us out massively and as a player he is every bit as good as the Conference North level itself.

“As for Peter (Winn), he played well and worked hard last Saturday. You could tell that he hadn’t played for a while, but he got 80 minutes under his belt and affected the game.

“I’d like to keep him at the club a bit longer, especially if he performs like he did at Marine.”

Workington will be without leading goalscorer Matthew Tymon who is suspended following a red card in the 3-2 win against Rushall Olympic.

But his absence last Saturday didn’t prevent the Reds inflicting the first defeat of 2015 on Grantham Town.

Lynn slipped to 12th in the league standings on Tuesday with Halesowen winning 2-1 at Stamford – Jake Jones coming on as sub and scoring on his debut.

All the goals came from former Linnets with Iyseden Christie getting the other Yeltz goal and Jordan Smith netting for Stamford.

In Thurlow Nunn Division One, Lynn Reserves travel to Suffolk to take on third-placed Debenham LC. Lynn’s second string will be looking to complete the double having defeated the Hornets 1-0 at The Walks in December.

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League top half

Skelmersdale Utd 34 18 8 8 62

Ilkeston 29 15 9 5 54

Buxton 31 15 9 7 54

Ashton Utd 29 15 8 6 53

Workington 30 15 7 8 52

Curzon Ashton 29 14 8 7 50

FC United 26 13 9 4 48

Barwell 29 14 5 10 47

Grantham Tn 33 12 10 11 46

Halesowen Tn 29 11 12 6 45

Stourbridge 29 13 6 10 45

Lynn Tn 29 12 7 10 43