FA Trophy underdog tag doesn’t bother King’s Lynn Town boss Setchell
Gary Setchell knows his King's Lynn Town side are FA Trophy underdogs this afternoon - but he still can't wait to get his teeth into Barwell.
Step Four Lynn will play their first Trophy tie, since the club was reformed in 2010, and welcome high-flying Step Three Barwell to The Walks.
The Leicestershire outfit have won their last four games, are still in this season's FA Cup, and sit fourth in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division. However, the Linnets boss insists his players are excited, not daunted, by the Kirby Road club's visit.
Setchell said: 'We're looking forward to it. The Trophy holds fond memories for me having played in the final at Wembley for Kettering in 2000. It's a massive competition.
'It's unfortunate that while we were a big fish in the FA Vase (where then Step Five Lynn played for the last two seasons), we're a little fish in the Trophy.
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'We could in a couple of rounds end up getting a big game like Lynn did against Exeter (2004) and more than 3,000 packed into The Walks. But first, we've got a tough tie and we are decent underdogs.
'We're not scared of the challenge and we've proved people wrong most of this season already. We know a bit about Barwell because Jason Lee played against them earlier this season. There's a few areas we think we can get at them.
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'But they're a very strong side and I expect them to be in the top six of their league at the end of the season. But if we keep our best players fit I expect the same from us so we're not frightened. We're hoping it brings the best out of us.'
Defender Lee has been playing with an ankle problem and is the Linnets only injury doubt – aside from long-term absentee Stuart Wall – ahead of the game.
Goalkeeper Alex Street, who this week signed dual registration forms with Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Wisbech Town, returns in goal in place of cup-tied Danny Gay.
And Setchell sung the praises of the 21-year-old shot-stopper, known as Pedro, for his mature response to being replaced as Lynn's number one.
'In training on Wednesday he was just like the same old Pedro. He's come out and said himself maybe this could be the kick up the backside he needed,' said Setchell.
'It was a hard decision but it could turn out to be a good move for him and the club. He's a great prospect who can learn a lot off Danny Gay. He's dealt with it with a great deal of maturity and I hope he gets the reception he deserves and he goes out and does what we know he can do.'
The winner of the first qualifying round tie will pocket �2,550 prize money. A replay, if needed, is likely to take place on Tuesday.