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Cup adventure is King’s Lynn Town’s aim again ahead of club’s FA Trophy opener

08:48 01 November 2014

Ryan Fryatt, left, is suspended for his side

Ryan Fryatt, left, is suspended for his side's FA Trophy trip to Market Drayton Town. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

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King’s Lynn Town have the ideal opportunity to forget their FA Cup heartbreak this afternoon by kickstarting another fine run in a national competition.

The Linnets were left distraught seven days ago when they fell agonisingly short of reaching the first round proper of English football’s biggest knockout tournament. Gary Setchell’s men bounced back from that fourth qualifying round defeat by edging Belper Town 1-0 in the league on Tuesday night.

And they haven’t had to wait long to think about embarking on another possible journey to Wembley as they head to Market Drayton Town for their first FA Trophy match of the campaign.

Setchell said: “I’ve said to the lads ‘as one door closes, another one opens’. It’s come at a good time. If you’re in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy you then really fall behind on your league fixtures. I’m not saying it’s great we’re out of the FA Cup as we’re absolutely gutted about it. But look what we generated the other year (2012/13) from our Trophy run. We’re capable of doing that again.

“We’ve got a very tough game at Market Drayton. Step Four games away from home are never easy. The Trophy is a great competition. Again there’s money up for grabs. Again you’ve got a chance of raising the profile of your football club if you get a big scalp. And that’s something we’ll look to do.”

Setchell’s men saw off five higher-level teams before losing to Conference Premier Southport in the last 16 two seasons ago.

Last term they fell at the first hurdle against same-level Cambridge City.

Evo-Stik Premier Division Lynn are favourites going into today’s first qualifying round match – the winner of which pockets £2,700 prize money.

Drayton, seeking a first ever second qualifying round appearance, play one tier below their visitors and sit 20th in the 22-team Evo-Stik Division One South.

“Tuesday was more about getting a result and putting Saturday’s disappointment behind us,” said Lynn’s boss, who will be without defender Ryan Fryatt (suspended) and David Bell (unavailable).

“Because if we hadn’t got a result, Saturday’s disappointment would have doubled and then we’d have had a big Trophy game and before we’d known it we’d have lost in the league and gone out of two cups in the space of seven days.”

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