King’s Lynn joint boss Boon - Coalville no FA Vase pushovers
King's Lynn Town have Coalville Town standing between them and an FA Vase final at Wembley.
Having been taken to extra-time by Rye United in Saturday's quarter-final, the Linnets were rewarded with a favourable draw – avoiding 2009 and 2010 winners Whitley Bay – with the chance of a defining second leg at The Walks.
Coalville, known as the Ravens, sit second in Division One of the Midland Football Alliance – the same level on the national League ladder as the Linnets – and earned their place in the last four thanks to a 1-0 home win over Ridgeons Premier leaders Leiston at the weekend.
Lynn joint-boss Kevin Boon believes it would not have mattered who his side were handed in yesterday lunchtime's draw – but admitted he is glad to get the trip to Leicestershire done and dusted in the first leg.
'I wouldn't say it is a pretty good draw; it's going to be a tough game becuse everyone who has got to the semi-finals is going to be a tough game,' said Boon, whose team are back in UCL action against Stewarts & Lloyds in Corby tonight.
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'I don't think there is any difference between Coalville, Whitley Bay and Poole Town because at the end of the day they have all won their matches to get to this stage. There isn't a weak side in the last four. But being at home in the second leg is the one thing I wanted.
'When we went to Norton, I said to Setch (fellow boss Gary Setchell) if we can have two home draws now and away in the first leg of the semi-final, I would be happy.
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'Whatever the result is at Coalville on that Saturday, it is like being at half-time, and you know with cup football anything can happen.'
Boon conceded Lynn may have taken Rye a little lightly – but that their focus will be sharpened for the games ahead as they look to close in on UCL Premier Division honours.
'With Rye it got built up as an easy game and I think some of our players didn't realise how important that was and how strong Rye were,' said Boon. 'Then suddenly they realised they were in a match and some of them got a little bit of stage fright and we went from there.
'But they'll bounce back from that. We're unbeaten in 26 games and that's our first bad game – and we won it. We're in a position where we can win the league and that is the number one project. But we've got to take it game by game. We have got three massive league games coming up and we have to stay focused.'
The first leg will be played at Owen Street on Saturday, March 26, with the reverse leg at The Walks seven days later.
Holders Whitley Bay - 7/4 favourites to lift a third conseuctive FA Vase trophy with Lynn available at 15/8 - travel to Dorset-based Poole for the opening leg of their semi-final.