Gary Setchell pushes FA Trophy date to the back of his mind as King’s Lynn Town head to Loughborough
King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell got the home FA Trophy draw he wanted yesterday – but quickly turned his attentions to tonight's league game at Loughborough Dynamo.
The Linnets will play Blue Square South Eastbourne Borough in the third qualifying round, a side who play two levels higher than them in the non-league pyramid.
However, with that match not being played until November 10, Setchell wants his full-of-confidence players to put it to the back of their minds for now.
The Lynn boss said: 'Loughborough, first, and then Halesowen (Saturday) are what we will be concentrating on before we think about the FA Trophy.
'There's a really competitive set of fixtures tonight where almost all of the teams in the top half are playing each other. Something has got to give towards the top of the table and teams will be dropping points this evening.
'It's vital we take advantage and bring something away from Loughborough, if not we'll be kicking ourselves. They won at Sheffield, who beat us, so we're not underestimating them. But their pitch is a carpet so we'll look to go there and play football and try and bring maximum points home.'
Danny Gay and Pat Bexfield return to Lynn's squad after missing Saturday's thumping 6-1 Trophy victory over Carshalton Athletic through being cup-tied. Phil Gulliver is also set to make his comeback from a hamstring problem.
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While in-form Lynn – who are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and sit second in Evo-Stik Division One South – visit 17th-placed Dynamo, league leaders Coalville Town entertain Stamford, third. Fourth-placed Gresley visit Sutton Coldfield, fifth, while fellow top-eight sides Northwich Victoria and Sheffield face off.
Having seen off higher-level Barwell and Carshalton at The Walks this season, Setchell's troops are gaining belief with every game – something he hopes will stand them in good stead when Eastbourne arrive in Norfolk next month.
'It's not mission impossible. If we were at Brackley, or Halifax, or even Eastbourne away, it would have been very difficult,' said Setchell.
'We wanted to be at home and we are, against a side who are not flying in their league. We'll be underdogs but that suits us because we've been proving people wrong all season.
'If we can get a Coalville-type atmosphere, with a big crowd too, then I don't see why we can't cause another upset. Because we're at home I feel we've got a puncher's chance of creating a shock.'
Lynn will pocket �4,000 if they beat Eastbourne and progress to the first round proper – when Blue Square Premier (Conference) teams join the competition.
- Lynn this morning released striker Jamie Forshaw. Gary Setchell said he let the ex-Lowestoft frontman - who only joined in the summer - leave because he was looking to 'balance the books'. The Linnets have added Danny Gay, Jason Lee and Sam Mulready, to their squad since the start of the season and Setchell is looking to add another player - preferably a midfielder - to his ranks in the near future.