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King’s Lynn Town will shuffle their pack for Norfolk Senior Cup tie with Norwich City Under-21s

12:28 05 January 2013

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Kings Lynn Town's Sam Mulready, right, is ineligible today. Picture: Ian Burt

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Gary Setchell insists resting players for today’s Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final is for the greater good of King’s Lynn Town.

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The Lynn boss is likely to mix up his side for their trip to face Norwich City Under-21s at Norfolk FA’s Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe. With a huge last-16 tie in the FA Trophy against Southport just a week away, as well as serious ambitions of gaining promotion from Evo-Stik Division One South, Setchell admits the county cup is definitely third on his list of priorities.

The Linnets boss said: “It’s going to be a good test for us and it’s a game we’re looking forward to. We can enjoy it. We have a lot of pressure on us in the league and Trophy so we can just go there and play. It’s not the be all and end all. We want to win, but we’re looking at the bigger picture. The game’s come at a good time for us with the Trophy game next week. I won’t be playing my best team because I’m doing what’s best for the club.

“We’ll get minutes into players who need it. The 11 who start I expect to go out there and give 100pc. It would be nice to get to Carrow Road, but we won’t be doing it at the expense of burning our players out.”

Defender Phil Gulliver, captain and midfielder Richard Bunting and striker Russell Dunkley could all be watching from the sidelines, or the stands, come 3pm.

On-loan striker Sam Mulready is ineligible, but fellow frontman Danny Beaumont is set to make his first start since November 10 after shaking off a knee problem. Reserve team youngsters Luke Biles and Tom McLeish will also be in Lynn’s squad.

Setchell, whose side lost to City at the same stage last term, said: “Norwich will have more possession than us.

“They’ll look after it well and will probably give us a bit of a lesson. But we’ll have a bit more experience. It’s a good game for both clubs.”

There are two other quarter-finals today, with Diss Town at home to Cromer Town and Reepham Town entertaining Spixworth (1.45pm).

- For updates from today’s game follow Gavin Caney on Twitter by clicking on the link on the right-hand side of this page.

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