Diss Town and King’s Lynn Town will use young talent during Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final
- Credit: Ian Burt
The managers of Diss Town and King's Lynn Town will use tonight's last-eight clash to cast another eye over some of the hottest prospects at their clubs.
While Mark Reeve has no choice – with seven first-team regulars ineligible – visiting boss Gary Setchell looks set to name a largely reserve-based side for the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final. That policy is nothing new from the Linnets chief however who insists he is again resting first-teamers for the right reasons.
Setchell, without midfielder Dan Quigley as he sits out the second of his two-game ban, said: 'With Jackson Ramm and Michael Frew's suspensions starting at the weekend, and one or two others having fitness problems we can't afford any more injuries.
'It'll be very much like when we beat Caister. I'll be there to help Joff (reserve boss Jonathan Hawes) and I find it a really good experience to work with him, Ross McNeil (reserve assistant) and the youngsters. Some of them will go on to make the first team.
'So we try and integrate the lads, like Stocks (Shaun Stocker) and Wardy (Chris Ward), so they feel part of it and feel more comfortable when they make the step-up.'
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Lynn's first team play two levels above their hosts. However, the relegation-threatened Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Tangerines are a step higher in the non-league ladder than the Linnets' second-string.
Diss boss Reeve said: 'We're short of players so it's going to be a tough fixture for us. It's going to give minutes to a few guys who haven't been getting them lately as well as two or three reserve team lads the opportunity to demonstrate what they can do.'
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Five of Scott's starting XI from Saturday's 2-2 come-from-behind draw at Mildenhall Town are either cup tied or ruled out because they are at Brewers Green Lane on loan deals.
If the scores are tied after 90 minutes, extra-time and then penalties will be used to determine who joins Norwich United, Dereham Town and Wroxham or Scole United in the semis.