Gary Setchell insists King’s Lynn Town can cope in another FA Trophy pressure cooker

Gary Setchell. Picture: Matthew Usher

Gary Setchell. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Matthew Usher

Gary Setchell is backing his players not to freeze on the biggest FA Trophy stage they've encountered so far.

King's Lynn Town's sensational run has seen them dump out five higher-level sides to reach this afternoon's third round. In-form Blue Square Premier Southport arrive at The Walks in confident mood looking to finally end Setchell's heroes' Wembley dream.

But the Linnets boss, who has played in a final at the home of football for Kettering Town, is certain his men will deliver in front of what is likely to be the Linnets' biggest attendance of the season.

Setchell said: 'I don't bring up to the players about how I dealt with it all when I was part of Kettering's run as a player.

'If I talk about me the players switch off. I just try and advise them. If I notice anyone is nervous I whisper in their ear during the warm-up to try and make them feel relaxed.


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'There will be nerves. It's a massive game and it will probably be the largest crowd they've played in front of this season. Not everybody has got ice running through their veins.

'The lads are fortunate though. They've not gone from playing in front of 150 people to what could be a four-figure gate. They're used to big crowds and games. They're well-schooled, well-drilled and ready.'

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A win would see the Linnets collect £7,000 prize money and a place in the last eight. They have already pocketed more than £20,000 having progressed from the first qualifying round.

Southport will be hoping to avoid joining Barwell, Carshalton Athletic, Eastbourne Borough, Worksop Town and AFC Telford United in the list of sides who have already been victims of Lynn's giantkilling run.

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