Boon - King’s Lynn still have plenty to play for
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon says tonight's UCL League Cup semi-final at St Ives is a major test of character (7.45pm).
Town's Wembley dream was brutally ended with a weekend 6-2 FA Vase aggregate defeat to Coalville but Lynn are pitched straight back into cup action this evening after their UCL reprieve.
Lynn were beaten by St Neots in the previous round but the club's main title rivals were then removed from the competition for fielding an ineligible player.
Town's management are poised to give some of their frontline troops a rest but Boon is still targeting a final place against Peterborough Northern Star.
'We'll regroup because they are a great set of lads and we'll bounce back,' he said. 'The lads are young but they have the character to respond. If we all sat back and asked ourselves when we were first putting a side together that we would have gone on to reach the FA Vase semi-finals people would have looked and thought no chance in the first season.
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'It has been a great journey so far but we've won nothing yet. You don't win cups and leagues in December. We'll be striving to finish off on a high, but if we don't win anything it has still been a memorable season because football is back at The Walks. I think the club in general deserves something. We still have the Norfolk Senior Cup, we can still win the championship if we win every game, and we're still in the UCL cup.'
Centre back Dan Buhlemann could be recalled after missing Saturday's FA Vase second leg defeat. The consistent defender has impressed during a gruelling campaign ahead of potentially his 50th outing in all competitions this season.
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'I haven't played every game but it feels like we've been playing Saturday, Tuesday for a long time now,' he said. 'I came in at Beckenham in the FA Vase at half-time and kept my place ever since really. I did something to my groin in the warm- up against Yaxley but I was fit for Saturday. They decided to go with Macca (Martin McNeil) because they'd seen the week before how physical Coalville were up front. That's not really my strong point, I probably don't win enough headers for a centre half. I didn't have a good game in the first leg but I wasn't the only one. Unfortunately you make a mistake at the back and it usually ends up as a goal. Macca did well and that is what we need – healthy competition.'
Buhlemann knows Town's squad will be tested to the limit over the run-in despite their FA Vase exit.
'It is really disappointing to know you got so close but I think we were beaten by a better team, no matter how good or bad we played,' he said. 'I feel they were a better side than St Neots in terms of how tough they were. The two boys up front were a handful all round. They didn't have what you would call any really gifted or talented footballers but they just worked so hard for each other.'