Boston United striker John Sands has joined King’s Lynn Town as manager Gary Setchell moved quickly to rekindle their Southern League play-off chances.

A 2-1 defeat at home to Dorchester Town ended a five-match unbeaten run and saw the Linnets slip to 10th place in the tight race for a step up into the National League regional level, eight points adrift of fifth place.

Setchell has only 10 games left to regain that ground but made his intentions clear with the loan signing of the 29-year-old former Leiston player.

Sands has struck two goals for Boston in 13 appearances since joining in November and Setchell told the Lynn website, “John is somebody that I have I tried to sign the last three or four seasons.

“I believe John can score goals and help us get back on the play-off trail. He’s fit and ready to go at Frome on Saturday. He’s not come here to use his time to get fit like other strikers that I’ve signed in the past.”

The Spalding-based front man scored regularly with previous teams Mildenhall, Bury Town, Canvey Island and Chelmsford.

On Saturday, Lynn dominated the first half but trailed by a goal at the interval, despite Dorchester having a player sent off.

Jacek Zielonka equalised and Liam Hurst should have hit a late winner but was guilty of a glaring miss; punished by Nathan Walker as he rolled in his second goal.

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All the goals came in a first-half flurry. Pat Yates put Town ahead after 15 minutes and were 2-1 ahead after 26 when Andy Willmott struck.

But Yarmouth equalised for the second time and hit what proved to be the winner just before half-time.