King’s Lynn face FA Cup test at Tamworth

King's Lynn have landed a tough trip to Conference Premier Tamworth in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round on Saturday, October 29.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell will relish the chance to return to one of his former club's with the UCL Premier Division title challengers as Town bid to reach the first round proper.

Setchell made 18 appearances for the Lambs prior to re-joining Lynn in the 2003/04 campaign - and scored in an FA Cup defeat for Tamworth at home to Telford.

'I played three years at that level and it is probably one of the most hostile grounds you can go to in non league,' said Setchell. 'The fans are right on top of you and they let you know so I'll be bringing the tin hat with me. It will be a great experience for our lads and they deserve a decent tie and I believe we have got one.

'It's a great one for the fans. If you speak to the hardcore ones who have followed King's Lynn week in, week out for years they would say there is a real non league rivalry that has built up with Tamworth. I know last season we had one going with St Neots, but Tamworth is a game they will look forward to and I know they will travel in big numbers. Of course it would have been nice to be at home again but I guess on the law of probabilities we were going to have to go away at some time.'


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Lynn booked their Tamworth tie with a comeback win against Midland Alliance outfit Stratford at the weekend. Midfielder Danny White's 87th minute winner clinched a fifth consecutive home victory in the cup competition.

'Stratford were a decent side who have massively underachieved this season,' said Setchell. 'I was speaking to their manager after the game and they have a more than decent budget and he still feels they are capable of winning their own league. At 1-0 down so early on we could have folded but the boys really responded.'

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In other ties, former Football League clubs Wrexham and York - managed by former Lynn and Tamworth boss Gary Mills - have been drawn against each other whilst Luton host Hendon. Wroxham's conquerors, Dover, host Bath City at home with Chelmsford entertaining Gloucester City after defeating Lowestoft at Crown Meadow over the weekend. Winning clubs at this stage of the world famous knockout competition receive �10,000 in prize money.

Meanwhile, Town officials have confirmed the signing of Rob Hughes. The well-travelled midfielder had been a long time target of the Linnets and will be available for Saturday's game against Northampton Spencer.

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