King’s Lynn boss Boon: Bring on the Saints
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon would relish an epic FA Vase fifth round home tie against UCL Premier Division title rivals St Neots.
Town have been paired against the winners of the delayed fourth round clash between Gresley and St Neots at The Walks on Saturday, February 12 for a place in the last eight.
Lynn could now play big spending Saints on consecutive weekends with the clubs already scheduled to meet at St Neots for the first time this season in the league, on February 5.
The unbeaten Saints are currently 10 points clear of the Linnets – who have two games in hand – but Boon is not writing off Gresley's chances of a cup shock.
'Bring it on is all we can say; it's a fantastic draw for us,' said Boon, with St Neots set to face East Midlands Counties League title challengers Gresley this weekend after a postponement due to a frozen pitch.
'With our home record and what we achieved at the weekend, no team left in that draw would have liked to come to The Walks. If it is St Neots, then we'll be ready but I also know Gresley are a very good side and will take some beating on their own patch – so I don't see it as a formality that St Neots will get through.
'If they do, of course, we know all there is to know about them and with playing them in the league the week before, that is two great games for our supporters to look forward to.'
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Boon admitted Lynn's loyal fanbase deserves a home tussle in the prestigious national competition after four away ties, the latest at Norton & Stockton Ancients.
'The heart and soul of any football club is its supporters and the 150 or so who travelled sang their hearts out,' he said. 'You had pensioners and youngsters all mingled in and it is a long time since I heard such backing for King's Lynn.
'With the economy the way it is at the moment, to travel that far with petrol prices the way they are and then pay for food and admission is superb. A home tie is a reward for them.
'It was great to see the chairman and our main sponsor, Peter Britton, travel up on the coach as well. It's what it should all be about and it's greatly appreciated. It was like the good old days for me with everyone in it together.'
Boon believes Town's young squad is maturing with each fresh test.
'We've shown this season going forward what we can do, but it was all about our defensive resolve and those young players will grow a huge amount from that experience,' he said. 'It's not the management who deserve credit, it is those players against a side, let me tell you, who have spent money and expect to be challenging in those type of competitions.'
The final Ridgeons League survivors, Leiston, are also at home, to Long Buckby, while holders Whitley Bay host Dunstable Town.
• Fifth round: Whitley Bay v Dunstable, Coalville v Holbrook Sports or Lancing, Torpoint Ath v Billingham Synthonia, Poole v Spennymoor, Leverstock Green v Rye Utd, Leiston v Long Buckby, Kings Lynn v Gresley or St Neots, Stansted v Dunston UTS. Ties to be played on Saturday, February 12.