King’s Lynn bosses bullish over FA Vase chances
King's Lynn management team Kevin Boon and Gary Setchell are adamant the Linnets can go all the way to Wembley after beating league rivals St Neots to clinch an FA Vase quarter-final spot.
Town captain Jack Defty and Robbie Harris fired the Norfolk side into the last eight in front of more than 1,600 fans at The Walks.
Lynn now head into today's FA draw as newly-installed second favourites to lift the prestigious national trophy.
'Give us a home draw, we'll beat anybody at home and then we are two games from the final,' said Setchell. 'We honestly haven't talked about Wembley because our draws have been so hard to this point. It has never been a case of, 'We've got so and so,' and thinking the quarter-final or the semi-final is there for us. We've been to Beckenham away, Norton away and now had St Neots at home so we could never look forward. We've always been up against it but with a home draw I think we can go all the way because we haven't just won a last 16 tie here. We've beaten one of the favourites and the biggest spenders with the likes of an ex-Premier League player in their ranks.'
Fellow joint boss Boon helped end the previous club's 50 year wait for a title and believes Town's collective strength is their greatest asset.
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'For me, it was brilliant to see the celebrations at the full time whistle,' he said. 'Watching all those fans in the ground and for the players to go around and take the applause from every corner. They stayed and cheered the boys off and are a massive part of it. Hopefully we get a home draw and we can have even more here in the next round.'
Lynn now face a congested end to the season with Town facing another week of cup fixtures. Thetford visit The Walks in the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final tomorrow with the Linnets also in League Cup action this weekend.
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'Supporters and everyone connected to the club has to understand we can't flog these players. We will have to make changes,' said Setchell. 'If Jack played every game to the end of the season he would end up playing about 65. He wouldn't be able to perform if we got to an FA Vase semi-final. The league is still the priority, then FA Vase, then Norfolk Senior Cup if it comes along and then the League Cup. We'll send out a team to win these two games, but we can't over exert ourselves. It would be criminal if Jack or Jamie or Luke Thurlbourne injured themselves in a League Cup tie.'
Boon revealed Town's management also plan to step up their search for fresh blood with the club still competing on four fronts.
'We have to bring a player or two in,' he said. 'But we have to bring in better than what we have already and they can't be cup tied. We have looked at one or two already, but after this performance it would be hard to find better when myself and Setch do sit down and talk about it again.'