King’s Lynn Town land dream tie against Pompey in FA Cup second round
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King’s Lynn Town have landed a dream tie in the FA Cup second round after being drawn against 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth.
The Linnets secured their passage into the second round at the weekend with a 1-0 win over Port Vale and their reward is a trip to Fratton Park on the weekend of November 27-30.
Portsmouth beat Ipswich Town 3-2 to secure their name in the hat and Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse will have happy memories of playing against Pompey as he was part of the Norwich City coaching team that secured promotion to the Premier League there in May 2011.
A victory for the Linnets against the south coast side would net them a prize fund of £25,500 and put them in the third round when Premier League sides enter the fray. It would even throw up the possibility of a Norfolk derby against Norwich City.
King’s Lynn have enjoyed a bumpy start to life in the National League Premier winning two of their opening seven league games but they ground out a superb cup victory at Port Vale courtesy of Sonny Carey’s late strike.
Portsmouth will be the overwhelming favourites with the League One side currently sitting just outside the play-offs under manager Kenny Jackett.
But Culverhouse will want to put cup dreams to one side for the moment as they travel to Sutton United this weekend in the National League Premier.
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“To a man they were superb, I can’t speak highly enough of them,” said Culverhouse in the aftermath of victory at Port Vale. “They have taken a couple of knocks in the league, but this will do them the world of good it really will. They will be buzzing now, floating, and we have got to bring them back down for Sutton.”
FA Cup second round draw
Stevenage v Hull City
Harrogate Town v Blackpool
Tranmere Rovers v Brackley Town
Barrow or AFC Wimbledon v Crawley Town
Stockport County v Yeovil Town
Plymouth Argyle v Lincoln City
Portsmouth v King’s Lynn Town
Cheltenham Town v Crewe Alexandra
Peterborough United v Chorley
Morecambe v Solihull Moors
Shrewsbury Town v Oxford City or Northampton Town
Mansfield Town v Dagenham & Redbridge
Newport County v Salford City
Marine v Havant & Waterlooville
Gillingham v Exeter City
Canvey Island v Boreham Wood
Carlisle v Doncaster Rovers
Barnet v MK Dons
Bristol Rovers v Darlington
Bradford City v Oldham