King's Lynn on the right track
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn Town joint boss Gary Setchell is confident the Linnets are on the right track ahead of tonight's latest pre-season friendly against Yarmouth at The Walks.
King's Lynn Town joint boss Gary Setchell is confident the Linnets are on the right track ahead of tonight's latest pre-season friendly against Yarmouth at The Walks. (7.45pm)
Town followed up victories over Long Sutton and a Norwich City XI with a 6-2 weekend win at Unibond First Division South club Spalding. Setchell admits things could not have gone any better as the new club tune up for the United Counties League kick off on August 7.
“If you could have mapped out a perfect scenario for how we wanted pre-season to develop over the first three games that would be it,” he said. “But we have to keep our feet on the ground. We haven't got any league points, we aren't through to the next round of the cup and we'll be bringing all the youngsters in again for Yarmouth with one or two lads still unavailable.”
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Setchell revealed Lynn midfielder Kieran Doherty damaged ankle ligaments against the Tulips after earning a starting slot with regular trio Danny White, Steve Spriggs and Jamie Thurlbourne all absent.
“He could be out three or four weeks which is a shame,” said Setchell. “The pitch at Spalding didn't help but he had a good game and he worked his socks off. With the others away it would have given him the opportunity to put two or three games together and make a claim, but he'll come back and we have a big enough squad with players who can cover two or three positions.
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“We missed three who you could say were all stars against Norwich in the previous game but we were able to drop other lads in there against a team playing a level higher than us this season. With no disrespect to Spalding we gave them a bit of a lesson - so we are really happy.”
Setchell admitted facing a muscular Spalding outfit was an ideal test of Town's strength in depth.
“We needed to be playing against a team who knock it long and make our centre halves head it,” he said. “Against Norwich City they didn't do that, whereas Spalding had a 6ft 4in lad up front and there were a lot of second balls to be won. All three games we've played have offered different challenges and we have adjusted really well so far.
“There aren't that many more scenarios I feel we are likely to face during the course of the season. The one thing that has surprised me more than anything after this first week was I felt one or two might just struggle to play in front of a big crowd at The Walks against Norwich, but each and everyone of them showed that they can handle the expectation.”
The newly-promoted Ridgeons Premier Division Bloaters lost 4-1 to an Ipswich Town XI at the Wellesley on Saturday. Stewart Roach grabbed a consolation against a Tractor Boys' line up that featured Kevin Lisbie and Carlos Edwards.
Town officials have also announced a fresh sponsorship deal with King's Lynn-based Hawkins solicitors. The second tier agreement follows on from the recent tie-up with Brittons Estate Agents who will become main sponsors for the 2010/11 United Counties League campaign.
“We are absolutely delighted to have secured Hawkins solicitors as our second tier sponsor,” said chairman Buster Chapman. “We always wanted to attract local businesses as we firmly believe that the football club is about local businesses working together for the benefit of the local community. It is important to us that we have attracted so much interest in the re-launch of the club and to have secured two such big local businesses in such a short period of time is very exciting for everybody involved.”
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