King’s Lynn handed FA Cup home draw

King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon admitted the Linnets are counting the days to the club's historic FA Cup bow next month.

The UCL Premier Division title contenders will host Ridgeons Division One side Whitton at The Walks on August 20 in Town's first-ever foray into the world famous cup competition. Lynn have also been handed provisional home draws in the next two rounds if they can get past Whitton in the extra-preliminary tie.

'If we get through that one we have the possibility of two home games afterwards, so you can't really ask for anything more,' said Boon. 'It's a chance for progress in the best cup competition there is. We hadn't been trading for a year last season, so we couldn't enter but everyone from the management and the owners are looking forward to it. Supporters always get really enthusiastic about the competition, but the reality for any football club at our level is that a decent run also generates revenue as well so we'll be ready when those games come around.'

Lynn's first and reserve squads begin their pre-season campaign tomorrrow with a double header at Burton Park Wanderers to celebrate the UCL club's 50th anniversary. Skipper Jack Defty along with summer signing Danny Beaumont and Danny White are unavailable but Town include a trio of triallists.

'We're taking about 16 first teamers and the same number of reserves and we'll play a couple of games with the reserves on first at 1pm,' said Boon. 'We have a few missing through holiday and work commitments but it's a chance to look at a few others. We've got three lads coming along who can all play down that left side, either defensively or wide on the left.

'The budget is taken up, as everyone knows already, but you never know with a few injuries or perhaps a sit down with Buster and Jonathan (Chapman). No-one is guaranteed a place here. We can move players in or out but so far the training and the attitude has been first class. Myself, Setch (Gary Setchell) and the coaching team couldn't be happier. It's just about getting fitness into the lads and having a look at one or two. Results in pre-season are secondary. You don't get points for friendlies.'

Boon revealed Town's management have also implemented a code of conduct for the forthcoming campaign after well-publicised incidents involving some of Lynn's players last season.

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'At the latest training session we sat the boys down and they now know where they stand,' said Boon. 'We don't want them handing over fines, we want to run a disciplined club after one or two incidents last year. There's about ten items in total on the code and they have all signed up to it. They now have to abide by the code or money will be deducted from their wages because we can't have any repeat of some of the things that happened last year.'

In other FA Cup ties featuring the county's Ridgeons contingent, last season's Premier Division title rivals Wroxham and Dereham will meet at Trafford Park. Robert Taylor's Diss travel to Ely with the Tangerines also handed an away tie at Framlingham in the FA Vase second qualifying round. In the FA Trophy, Ryman Premier Division play-off finalists Lowestoft will face an away trip to either Brentwood or Leiston.

• Selected draws

FA Cup, extra-preliminary round (Saturday, August 20)

King's Lynn v Whitton United, Woodbridge v Gorleston, Wroxham v Dereham, Walsham v Thetford, March v Kirkley & Pakefield, Ely v Diss, Felixstowe & Walton v Norwich United, Wisbech v Halstead, Yarmouth v Clacton,

FA Trophy, first round qualifying (Saturday, October 22)

Brentwood or Leiston v Lowestoft.

FA Vase, first round qualifying (Saturday, September 10)

Walsham v Fakenham, Thetford v Long Melford, Kirkley & Pakefield v Woodbridge, Swaffham v Felixstowe.

Second round qualifying (Saturday, September 24)

Framlingham v Diss, Gorleston v Mildenhall or March, Yarmouth v Swaffham or Felixstowe, Ipswich Wanderers v Thetford or Long Melford, Hadleigh or Stowmarket v Walsham or Fakenham, Whitton v Downham, Brightlingsea Regent or Stanway v Kirkley & Pakefield or Woodbridge, Haverhill v Norwich United.

First round proper (Saturday, October 22)

Wisbech v Hadleigh or Stowmarket or Walsham or Fakenham, Dereham v Ipswich Wanderers or Thetford or Long Melford, Gorleston or Mildenhall or March v Wroxham.