Boon - King’s Lynn expects
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon is urging the Linnets to hold their nerve in today's historic FA Vase fifth round home tie against UCL Premier Division title rivals St Neots. (3pm)
The Walks will host one of the biggest non league crowds of the day for the second part of a season-defining double header between the clubs following Town's 4-2 league triumph at Rowley Park last weekend.
Boon knows the Linnets are good enough to clinch a last eight place in the prestigious national competition – along with fellow manager Gary Setchell he wants his men to prove it again.
'We'd love to beat them and we can, if we do it right, but its cup football,' said Boon. 'They are a good side with good footballing people behind-the-scenes. They also have some fantastic players and we are full of respect for them. I don't think we'll play any different. We'll look to defend and attack smartly and look to score goals, as we always do at home. We certainly won't try and do anything to counter them.
'They've decided to make a change with the goalkeeper they brought in last weekend and bring back the young lad who had been playing for them. That could help King's Lynn, because it's an awful lot of pressure to put on the young keeper. He might have played last week and the game turned out totally differently. If they'd got a positive result, he'd come here full of confidence. Now he has seen us put four goals past them.'
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Boon believes the showpiece occasion is the perfect way to mark the new club's anniversary.
'We've come a long way since just over 12 months ago when the Chapmans had been handed the keys to the ground,' he said. 'Myself and Setch were just starting to look around at players we could bring in during the summer, but this club should be getting used to these type of occasions. As hard as the working environment is, people will always come out to support us and they are the basis of this football club.
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'For all that, Setch has played at the professional level before and has been involved in an FA Trophy final and knows what it is all about. Myself and Biff (Bloodworth) won the previous club's first title in 50 years so between us we have enough experience and know how to get the players just to focus on the game and not the occasion.'
Town's top scorer Jack Defty is poised to undergo a late fitness test after damaging his hip during Lynn's midweek UCL Premier Division draw at Cogenhoe. Left back Jamie Alsop is the club's other main injury worry after pulling out in the warm up when he suffered a reaction to a foot injury, but wide player Steve Spriggs is winning his fitness battle to overcome a viral infection.
'Jack damaged his hip and thigh area at Cogenhoe and he has been suffering quite badly,' said Boon. 'There is a doubt he might not play, but he is receiving round the clock treatment. Ross Watson has a little sight bruising on his knee but he is raring to go along with all the rest of the other lads. Whoever plays, there will 11 lads giving King's Lynn 100%. Ryan Fryatt is off playing with Norwich's youth set-up for the next couple of weekends and myself and Setch are delighted he has got another chance with them. Nels (Moriera) will come in from the reserves and we'll bring in Kevin White who is vastly experienced on the bench as well.'
Boon believes both clubs' contrasting midweek fortunes will have little bearing on the outcome after Town were pegged back by Cogenhoe with St Neots coming from behind to snatch a stoppage time winner at St Ives.
'We are three points behind with a game in hand now,' he said. 'They got out of jail but there might come a time when they don't although if they win every game left, then fair play to them. Our win last weekend was St Neots' first league defeat since October 2009, which tells you everything. Unfortunately the two clubs are so evenly matched but only one can go up. That is tough, but this is our first season and whatever happens now people should rightly feel next season will be even better.'
• Turnstiles will be open from 1pm at The Walks today and club officials are advising supporters to arrive early at the ground. Extra-time will be played if the sides are level after 90 minutes.