Boon warns King’s Lynn to forget Wembley
Kevin Boon has warned King's Lynn Town to forget about going to Wembley – and just concentrate all their efforts on the first FA vase semi-final tomorrow afternoon.
The Linnets' joint manager warned his players in the lead-up to the clash at Coalville that he would not tolerate Vase fever setting in amongst the squad and affecting the clubs' progress in the United Counties League and the Norfolk Senior Cup.
And Boon believes that the evidence his players have taken his words to heart came in Tuesday's 2-1 home win over S&L Corby at The Walks.
'The message in the dressing room before the game was ever so simple: we need three points,' said Boon. 'If people think they are going to be able to cut it short and don't do this and don't do that, they have another thing coming. The semi-final line-up will be picked on performances and everybody responded to that.
'Full credit to the lads – you couldn't say there wasn't a player who wasn't putting it in. Fortunately, we came through unscathed, free of injuries, everything. It's a very, very good sign for us.
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'There were a few 50-50 tackles went in and we thought, 'oh my god' every time there was a hard tackle going in and people ended up on the ground.
'Ross Watson went down and he has a little bit of a bruised rib but he is okay. A few people took a few knocks, but they all got up and we feel relieved.'
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Boon insists Wembley is far from his thoughts ahead of tomorrow's clash: 'I don't get too excited,' he said. 'Everyone talks about Wembley, but I don't want to know about Wembley until the semi-finals are finished with.
'Yes, it's everyone's dream, but we have got to win the semi-final before we can go there. I hate it when people start raving it all up about Wembley. I really do.
'Coalville are in the semi-finals the same as King's Lynn. Whoever wins over the two games goes to Wembley.'
Boon and joint manager Gary Setchell have done their homework on their opponents, from Division One of the Midland Football Alliance – the same level as Lynn.
'Neil Fryatt (reserve team joint manager) went and watched them last Wednesday night and then I travelled up on my own on Saturday to watch them,' said Boon.
'They are physical, they are quick and they can play football. They are there on merit, the same as we are.
'Forget where we are in the league, forget what happened on Tuesday night. Coalville lost, King's Lynn won – that doesn't even come into it on Saturday.
'It is who performs on the day on the next two weekends and hopefully, and confidently, it will be King's Lynn.'
Boon, joint manager Gary Setchell and captain Jack Defty all got a close look of the FA Vase trophy when it was brought up to The Walks from Wembley yesterday.
Standing next to the trophy, Defty said: 'The squad is feeling very positive at the moment. We have had a good season so far and we have done so well in this competition getting good results against good teams.
'Doing well in this competition was one of our goals at the start of the season but to get through to the final would be a big achievement and we are all focused at making sure we get there.'
He added: 'It is great for the fans to see the local lads in the team doing so well.'
* Watch this exclusive video to see the trophy arriving at the ground yesterday and to hear from joint manager Gary Setchell.