Crane on familiar ground for cup clash

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn skipper Greg Crane promises Wroxham total respect ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup third qualifying round derby at Trafford Park. Crane insists the Linnets will not underestimate their Ridgeons Premier hosts in the big Norfolk non-league showdown.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn skipper Greg Crane promises Wroxham total respect ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup third qualifying round derby at Trafford Park.

Crane insists the Linnets will not underestimate their Ridgeons Premier hosts in the big Norfolk non-league showdown.

"We have prepared no differently to a league game," he said. "If we approach the match with the right attitude then we would expect to do well but the FA Cup throws up surprise results every year. We have to be right on the day.

"They beat Heybridge in the previous round so if a few of our boys are not quite at it we'll get caught out. I think experience will be a big factor.

"Within our squad we have plenty of lads who should know what it's about. That will be important but our form is good at the moment.

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"We needed a few little tweaks here and there because we were drawing too many games at the start of the season. Now we have started to score a few goals and that helps but I still feel there is more to come. We've won something like three out of the last four so confidence is high."

The former Lowestoft defender has first hand knowledge of what lies in store.

"I've played against them a few times and they've always been tasty encounters down there," he said. "It depends how they decide to approach it. They might feel it is a better option to keep it tight in those first ten or 15 minutes rather than come out and have a real go.

"You have to be prepared to expect anything. I've spoken to one or two of the Wroxham players, lads like Danny Self, and I know they are well up for it.

"Wroxham are one of the sides at that level who are always there or thereabouts so we don't need telling how tough it will be. But it helps that the likes of myself, Joe (Francis) and Chas (Charlie Defty) have all faced them in the past."

Crane is banking on Lynn's huge travelling support helping the club move a step closer to the first round proper.

"We have a great following, our crowd go everywhere," he said. "Some even came up to me at Blyth last week and that is a drive I wouldn't wish on anyone. I'd love to be part of a good cup run and so would all the other boys but we are looking no further than Saturday. It should be a great game."

n Lynn club officials confirmed yesterday tickets are still available for the cup tie.

Lynn's commercial office at The Walks will stay open until 5pm today. Contact 01553 760060 for further information.

Wroxham supporters can purchase tickets direct from Trafford Park between 10am and 3pm today or at the Customer Service Desk in Roys of Wroxham. Tickets are also available from Joe's Pets, based on Norwich market, Dolphin Autos, Swanton Road or Hazell Butchers on Corbett Avenue in Sprowston.

Supporters can also contact Wroxham's ticket hotline 01603 400300 or email enquiries@wroxhamfc.com.

Tickets: Adults £10, concessions £6 and children (aged 16 and under) £3. Children may be asked for ID at ticket outlets and also to provide ID on match day at Trafford Park.