Home FA Cup fixture against Lancaster City arrives too soon for King’s Lynn Town’s Quigley
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King's Lynn Town's squad is almost back to full strength as they look to secure a third home FA Cup victory of the season.
Gary Setchell was almost down to the bare bones in the last round with Dan Quigley, Jackson Ramm, David Bridges and Henry Eze all missing the heroic 1-0 triumph over Hednesford Town in the last round. And even though only Ramm and Bridges are able to return, Lynn's boss isn't prepared to risk Quigley for this afternoon's third qualifying round clash against Lancaster City.
Setchell said: 'Quigley's (ankle) still sidelined. (Ross) Watson and (Ryan) Fryatt are both not 100pc but they'll be fit enough to play so that's a plus for us. And obviously Henry's still cup-tied. But the other two lads are back so we're fairly much as we were the other night (Tuesday) against Halesowen (1-1 draw).
'We've got a very, very good physiotherapist in Phil (Ward). He was there at Rushden when I was there. He's been around Norwich City. Phil's top, top drawer at what he does. He's been a brilliant acquisition for the football club. And I go on his say-so as I'd play them all. I'm quite hard on them and I try and get them out there as quick as possible.
'I listen to the man who knows. There's been once or twice I've over-ruled him. Once it worked and we got away with it and once it's set someone back. So that was a learning curve for me and I'll always go with what Phil Ward says. He's the man who's paid to do that job and I'd be a fool not to listen to him. He's the medical man and I'm not.'
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The Evo-Stik Premier Division Linnets – who play a level above the Dolly Blues, managed by former QPR team-mates Darren Peacock and Trevor Sinclair – have already pocketed £7,500 prize money for seeing off Boston Town and Hednesford in this term's competition.
They're now just two victories away from reaching the first round proper and bagging another £20,000 in the process. But Setchell just wants his side to forget about the bigger picture for 90 minutes.
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'The key for me and the players is to try and not think about it all too much,' added Lynn's boss.
'We've got to be fully focused on Lancaster. In the previous round they won at FC United (in Lynn's league) and that's not an easy task. That tells you Lancaster are a very serious outfit.'
To hear all of Setchell's interview listen to episode 46 of the West Norfolk Sports Podcast at www.edp24.co.uk/wnsp