King’s Lynn aim to avoid FA Vase hangover
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon is warning his men they need a blue collar performance in tonight's UCL Premier Division trip to Holbeach. (7.45pm)
Town return to league action after the weekend high of clinching an FA Vase last 16 place with a heroic battling display at Northern League side Norton & Stockton Ancients.
Lynn now head to lowly Holbeach looking to cut the ten point gap on league leaders and potential FA Vase fifth round opponents St Neots – but Boon will take little for granted.
'The league has always been a priority for us and we've said that from day one,' he said. 'But when you get to the last 16 of a competition like the FA Vase then of course that is another huge incentive for us. Playing Holbeach on Wednesday night is basically going back to work to do a shift after the weekend - we'll have to roll up our sleeves and grind it out. I'm positive these lads will respond in the right way. Of course the FA Vase will be at the back of their minds, but they have shown already this season they can focus. The pressure is on, but we have had that all season because of who we are in this league. We have to come back down to earth - and quickly.'
Boon and fellow boss Gary Setchell face a tricky selection dilemma after going into FA Vase battle with injury concerns over Jack Defty (hamstring), Luke Thurlbourne (ankle) and Steve Spriggs (groin).
'Inevitably there'll have to be a few changes because we have to protect players and try and keep that freshness in the side,' said Boon. 'But myself and Setch will aim to pick a side that can win the game because we need the three points. No doubt we will be resting a few because that will have taken a lot out of them and we also had a hard game at Wroxham the one before as well.
'Jamie Alsop picked up a dead leg on Saturday, but apart from that there is nothing else we are worried about from the weekend. The three boys who were carrying knocks all came through it. It is going to be a hard one just because of all the energy and the emotion they put into the weekend. Seeing the likes of Spriggsy throwing himself into 50:50 challenges and heading balls when he came on in that second half spoke volumes for the commitment within our squad.'
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Town's success in league and cup action is set to put an inevitable strain on the club's playing resources over a potentially exciting finale to their first campaign.
'We don't carry that big a squad so it will be a test for us because we have some huge league and cup games coming up,' said Boon. 'I think myself and Setch will possibly have to sit down with the chairman at some point now and see if there is any way we can maybe bring in another body to give us a hand. We have always kept within the budget this season and cut our cloth accordingly and that won't change.'