FA Cup: King’s Lynn told to prove they can step up

Kevin Boon is challenging King's Lynn Town to prove themselves against higher level opponents today.

Town face Rymans League Division one North Soham Town in the FA Cup preliminary round tie at The Walks (3pm).

Boon and fellow joint manager Gary Setchell watched their opponents' comeback win on Bank Holiday against reigning Ridgeons Premier champions Leiston.

'They showed a lot of heart and character,' said Boon. 'They were 1-0 down, but kept plugging away and won it in the last 10 minutes.

'They are a step four club so we will give them massive respect but we are at home, we should have a big crowd behind us and we want to progress in this competition. They like to play football and I think they will let us play so it could be a good game.

'I honestly believe our squad could thrive at that level of football without any additions but it is up to us to prove that. We are still building something here. It's only our second season and our second game in the FA Cup. Soham might be mid-table but that isn't a true reflection of where they should be. Spalding in our league have been fancied and they are in the bottom six.'

Lynn underlined their title credentials with an 8-1 UCL Premier Division demolition job over Yaxley last weekend.

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'People have come up to me and said we just beat a pub team. I think that is disrespectful,' said Boon. 'Did Man United beat a pub team last weekend as well? I don't think so. The pleasing thing was we came in at half-time 4-1 up and the game was won but we urged the players not to ease off. We didn't want a repeat of the Sleaford game. Credit to the lads they carried out our instructions.'

Skipper Ross Watson is the only injury doubt after missing Lynn's latest big win with a hamstring injury – but Boon and Setchell do have a major selection dilemma.

Last season's 53-goal top scorer and captain Jack Defty watched on as summer signing Danny Beaumont and Robbie Harris both plundered hat-tricks against Yaxley to take Town top of the tabl – and Boon insisted Lynn's hierarchy want cut-throat competition to maintain progress in league and cups this season.

'It's great as managers that myself and Setch have selection headaches,' he said. 'Just take the strikers and you have Robbie and Danny both scoring hat-tricks and Jack did the same the game before. They are big decisions but if you are a squad and a club who want to achieve things then you need to have competition for places.

'Strikers get confidence from scoring goals and that will do Danny a world of good. The first 20 minutes he was struggling a bit but when the first went in, out came the chest and he looked a different player. Both him and Robbie looked to be on the same wavelength and that is no slight against Jack. We all know what he can do and he has been playing at a higher level.'

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