Boss Gary Setchell calls on King’s Lynn Town to do themselves justice against Gresley

Phil Gulliver, yellow, will skipper the Linnets this afternoon. Picture: Ian Burt Phil Gulliver, yellow, will skipper the Linnets this afternoon. Picture: Ian Burt

Saturday, February 16, 2013
10:46 AM

Gary Setchell insists now is the time for King’s Lynn Town to show Gresley what they’re all about.

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The Linnets head to the Moat Ground in Derbyshire for today’s Evo-Stik Division One South clash – a stadium where their FA Vase dreams ended last season after a 2-0 defeat.

Things looked equally bleak for Setchell’s men at The Walks during October’s league game against the Moatmen when they went behind by the same scoreline. But second-half strikes from Russell Dunkley and Danny Beamount rescued a point for Lynn who will be looking to keep up their play-off push this afternoon.

Setchell said: “I wouldn’t say we owe them one, what we need to do is do ourselves justice. I don’t think we have against them in our last two games.

“If we get on top of them early on their results suggest they crumble somewhat. But if they get on top of you then they move the ball well and they’ve got players who will hurt you. They’re good defensively too so they can give you a hard afternoon. We know what they’re all about so we’ll be looking to start fast and let them know they’re in a game.”

While Lynn are flying high in fourth, and unbeaten in five league games, Gresley haven’t won an Evo-Stik encounter since Boxing Day last year and have plummeted to ninth.

Playmaker James Jepson, who turned down an approach from Setchell after starring in the Moatmen’s draw at The Walks, is likely to feature again. But two-goal marksman on the night, Rob Spencer, is sidelined with a fractured draw. The Lynn boss said of Jepson: “He’s a good player, but they’ve got other good players who did well when we played them earlier in the season like the lad (Phil) Massingham and (Michael) Nottingham. They’ve got plenty about them. But our players have not been found wanting too often this season so I think it’ll be a really good game.

“Rob Spencer is no more of a loss for them as (Richard Bunting) Bunts is for us. They have got some players missing, so have we. It’s why we build squads of 16 to 17 players.”

Phil Gulliver will wear the captain’s armband in Bunting’s absence. Lynn’s midfielder begins his two-game ban this afternoon. Elsewhere Dan Buhlemann, who has signed dual registration forms with Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Dereham Town, is unavailable.

The duo’s places will be taken in Setchell’s squad by highly-rated reserve-team pair Luke Biles and Shaun Stocker. And the Linnets chief insists he will have to keep mixing his players up to keep them fresh until the end of the season.

He said: “There’s now way we’re going to be use just 11 players for the next 18 matches. It’s impossible. I’m going to have to box clever with team selection on a regular basis. I won’t risk lads if they’re half-fatigued. I need our best players to be ready, not dead on their feet if we make the play-offs.”

- For updates from today’s game follow Gavin Caney on Twitter by clicking on the link on the right-hand side of this page.

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