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Captain Bunting believes confident King’s Lynn Town can cause another FA Trophy upset

10:00 10 November 2012

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King's Lynn Town skipper Richard Bunting applauds the fans after winning in the last round. Picture: Matthew Usher

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Captain Richard Bunting believes his King’s Lynn Town team-mates have the confidence to cause another FA Trophy upset this afternoon.

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The Linnets have already dumped higher-level Barwell and Carshalton Athletic out of this season’s competition, something Bunting insists can only help them going into today’s third qualifying round clash with Eastbourne Borough.

Even though their Blue Square South opponents play two levels above them, the Lynn skipper thinks his team stand a decent chance of progressing by winning again at The Walks.

Bunting, who signed for Gary Setchell’s men in the summer, said: “If you look at the league they’re in they should be the best side we have faced since we have all come together.

“It’s going to be tough. But with the run we’ve been on, and especially as we are at home, everyone is quietly confident we can cause an upset.

“Winning the last two games in the Trophy has really given the lads confidence. It proves we can play against, and beat, higher-level opposition. Eastbourne are another level above Barwell and Carshalton but there’s definitely belief in the group that we can beat them.

“It’s a massive match for the club, the players and the fans to pit our wits against lads from a Step Two side. That said, we’ve just got to try and treat it as another game.”

Evo-Stik Division One South high-fliers Lynn, who are unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions, will pocket £4,000 and a place in the first round proper if they beat the south coast side.

Bunting, who played against Lynn for Long Buckby in the United Counties League, hopes the club’s fans can turn up the volume to help raise their chances of an upset.

He said: “I’ve been on the opposing side and it is hard when the crowd get going at Lynn. You would expect the Eastbourne lads to be a bit more used to it but you can’t underestimate how important the fans are.

“If there is a big crowd our 12th man can make it really difficult for the opposition. Sometimes cup football is a good release from the pressures of the league. We are hoping to achieve something really good in that so a cup run is a bonus.

“In the Trophy, because of the level we play at, many have said we’re limited in what we can do but the further we go the better. Game by game, week by week, we’re getting stronger. The belief is growing in the changing room.”

A replay, if required, will take place on Tuesday. The draw for the next round - where Blue Square Premier (Conference) sides enter the competition - is on Monday.

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