King’s Lynn Town look to stay clear of a Norfolk Senior Cup shock against Acle United
12:22 14 January 2014
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East meets west tonight as King’s Lynn Town look to avoid a Norfolk Senior Cup upset at The Walks.
The Linnets host Anglian Combination Premier Division high-fliers Acle United – who play four levels below them – in the quarter final, one of two last-eight ties this evening. But Lynn boss Gary Setchell insists he won’t be taking the team who compete at the same level as his club’s reserves lightly.
The Walks chief, whose men are on a season-best run of four victories on the bounce which has seen them move up to fourth in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, said: “I’ll bring one or two of the young lads in but I want to keep the momentum going really.
“I’ll rest one or two who need resting and the new lads who have come in will probably play and a couple of the reserve team lads who have been knocking on the first-team door will play, so it’ll be a strong side.
“We want to win the game and we want to keep the momentum going, you’ve got to play a certain amount of your first-team players obviously, so we’ll try and win the game.”
Three strikers, who also missed Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Buxton, will be absent once again. Massiah McDonald is still suspended while Sam Mulready and Rob Duffy haven’t shaken off hamstring problems.
Defender Ryan Clarke should be fine despite breaking his nose during the weekend’s win but Dan Quigley – who cut his head open in the same match – looks set to be rested.
Underdogs Acle, second in their division, arrive on the back of seven successive victories and with nothing to lose. They are 61 places below the Linnets in the non-league ladder and head to Lynn facing a task similar to what Conference Premier Luton would have if they landed Championship Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup.
Boss Dean Crosbie said: “We are underdogs. We go into the game with no pressure, only the pressure we put on ourselves.
“If all the boys go out and do what they’re asked to do then the result is irrelevant. If we win, great, but if I’m being honest we’re looking to try and learn from their players, coaching staff and manager. Whatever happens we’ll be taking something from the game.
“We’ve got a coach-load coming over so there’ll be at least 50 fans. That won’t seem many to Lynn but for us, on a Tuesday, with Norwich playing on the TV, it is a really decent crowd. The whole club are really looking forward to the experience of playing Lynn again.”
Acle, set to be without Eddie Thompson (cup tied) and Jacob Short (work) have lost to Lynn four times in the county cup. Their last defeat came during the 2011/12 term.
In the night’s other quarter-final, last term’s runners-up Wroxham entertain lower-level Diss Town. Both sides have been struggling in their respective leagues but the Ryman Division One North club will be hoping to build on their draw at Erith & Belvedere three days ago which ended a run of five consecutive losses. Top-tier Thurlow Nunn outfit Diss haven’t played since they were annihilated 11-0 at home to Walsham-le-Willows on Boxing Day.
The quartet will be looking to join Gorleston in the last four after the Greens overcame their fierce rivals Great Yarmouth Town 4-1 on Saturday.
Stewart Larter’s troops exacted revenge for their earlier FA Vase defeat against the Bloaters thanks to a Nathan Stone brace and goals from Chris Sanford and Bradley Hough. The last quarter-final takes place on Thursday night when Cromer Town entertain Norwich City Under-21s (7.30pm) kick-off.
Elsewhere, this evening, Wisbech Town are at home to Cambridge Regional College (CRC) in the Cambs Invitation Cup quarter-final.