Hold on to your hats, says King’s Lynn boss Gary Setchell ahead of FA Cup clash

Dan Quigley, left, is ready for action after serving a three-game suspension. Picture: Ian Burt

Dan Quigley, left, is ready for action after serving a three-game suspension. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Gary Setchell is preparing for an FA Cup classic as King's Lynn Town get ready to lock horns with same-level opponents.

The Linnets welcome Ryman League Premier Division new-boys Harlow Town with £4,500, and progression to the penultimate qualifying stage, the prize for victory. The visitors have just been promoted to Step Three of the non-league ladder, where Lynn have played since 2013, but Setchell is still expecting to be on the end of a fearless approach.

He said: 'We had them watched on Saturday. Harlow are a very athletic, good side.

'I think they'll come at us, which suits us a little bit better. I think people will see a good game and two teams trying to win the tie. I don't think Harlow will come and sit men behind the ball and try and take us back to their place because I think they'll think they're good enough to beat us on the day.

'It's one we're desperate to win for obvious reasons and let's hope we get it right.'


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If the scores are level after 90 minutes, a replay will take place in midweek. Lynn haven't had one of those in the competition since they drew at Daventry in 2012/13 but it looks a possibility, with both sides having won three league matches so far this campaign.

The Linnets go into the clash having lost 2-0 at Biggleswade Town in midweek and Setchell admits a response is needed if his men are going to ensure their hopes of a cup run do not end at the second qualifying round.

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'The three points on Saturday (at Chesham) was gratefully received but I really feel we should have backed that up on Tuesday,' said Lynn's boss.

'Having a depleted squad is not an excuse. If the 11, who went out on Saturday, had played with the same intensity on Tuesday we'd have got a result.

'Because Biggleswade made it difficult for us, and we didn't get our own way, we're like spoilt kids sometimes. Do you know what I mean?

''I'm not getting my own way so I'm going to throw my toys out of the pram and try and do something different than what I should be doing'.

'That's what we did. We lost our patience, when you do that you lose your discipline shape wise a little bit, and you try and force passes that you normally wouldn't.

'It's disappointing but we have got a habit of bouncing back and on Saturday hopefully that's what we'll do.'

Dan Quigley is available again after serving a three-game ban while loanee Shaun McWilliams could make his return from injury. Striker Leon Mettam may have to make do with a place on the substitutes' bench as he continues to overcome a hamstring problem.

Setchell, also speaking to his club's official YouTube channel, added: 'Quigz is back now, Ryan (Fryatt) is going to have a run out with the reserves on Saturday, so he's bordering on coming back. Shaun McWilliams was here and will hopefully be fit on Saturday, Metts might hopefully be able to take part from the bench and that will give the squad a whole different look.'

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