King’s Lynn midfielder White targets Wembley FA Vase double
King's Lynn's midfielder Danny White is desperate to help play his part in sealing an FA Vase Wembley return.
Town will need White's battling qualities today at The Walks to overturn last weekend's 3-0 semi-final, first leg defeat at Coalville.
The former Wroxham man's career over the past 12 months has largely been defined by the prestigious national competition. White was a member of the Yachtsmen's side that became the first Norfolk club since Diss triumphed in 1994 to reach the final.
Holders Whitley Bay ruthlessly crushed hopes of a fairytale ending but a summer move to Lynn offered White a chance for some payback.
The experienced midfielder quickly established himself in the Linnets' engine room until he was diagnosed with viral meningitis hours after the gruelling quarter-final extra-time win over Rye United.
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White made his senior comeback in Tuesday's UCL Premier Division win over Yaxley, but takes nothing for granted this afternoon after his heart-breaking first leg omission.
'I'm a bit nervous about it to be honest, in respect of whether I am selected or not,' he said. 'It's a tough one to call. The other lads have done well so I'm quite cautious. Docs (Kieran Doherty) has been excellent and he will expect to keep the shirt.
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'The same as Luke (Thurlbourne). I want the shirt as well, so it's good competition. At the end of the day whoever plays will do well for the club.
'Whatever decision the management make I'll be happy to make a contribution.
'I was absolutely gutted to miss the first leg but I understood why they did it and it was the right decision in regards to getting an extra 90 minutes for the reserves where I played well, scored a goal and it gave me a better chance to be in contention for this weekend.
'I could have gone to Coalville, sat on the bench, maybe got ten minutes and been no further forward but I feel great now.'
White is under no illusions Town will collectively have to run, chase, harry and play like their lives depend on it.
'We need to go for it,' he said. 'Personally, I feel we need to score in the first ten or 15 minutes. It's a difficult one for them in terms of how they approach the game. Do they put 11 men behind the ball and try to ride it out or play their normal game?
'They are 3-0 up so you couldn't blame them if they have an eye on Wembley. With a massive crowd behind us we are more than capable of scoring three or four goals at home, whoever we play against. Regardless of what happened at their place - and I didn't see that game - I would be quite confident that we can win.
'If we score they have to get nervous, because it is a semi-final. We know what is at stake and we have to hit the ground running. It is an uphill task but we're ready.'
White more than most after serious illness abruptly interrupted his impressive debut season at The Walks.
'I feel absolutely fine, back to normal,' he said. My first game for the reserves was quite poor and my fitness wasn't great but I needed to get that out of my system. I had a lot of things going on in my life. I perhaps got a bit stressed and let it all get on top of me and I've said it already but I think I needed to get worse to become better. I feel a lot better within myself. I'm hoping I can now get back to the level I was at before or even better.
'I was in hospital for seven days. They actually wanted to sign me off for two weeks, but I felt alright by the second week. I'd finished my course of antibiotics and I wanted to get back to normal, get back to work and to playing football. I'm not on any medication now. I'm just trying to build myself back up again and put the weight back on because I lost a stone - which if anyone looks at me knows I can't afford to do.'
White is one of three Linnets with invaluable form over this particular course and distance. Wroxham's semi-final success against Brighton-based Whitehawk should serve as a salutary tale. David Batch's side returned from the south-coast 2-0 up before Steve Spriggs made it three on aggregate within the first minute at Trafford Park.
That was merely the cue for a ferocious onslaught from the visitors before Wroxham sealed their Wembley passage.
'I remember we kicked off at home and within seconds Spriggsy scored to make 3-0 in the tie,' said White. 'But then they pinned us back for the rest of the first half and just lacked that cutting edge. With lads like Jack (Defty), JT (Jamie Thurlbourne) and Spriggsy we have men capable of scoring goals all over the park.
'That is why I say if we score early, don't panic. We have to believe. It's not often you get the opportunity to get to Wembley. We're not just team mates, we're good friends off the park as well and that togetherness means we'll be bang up for it.
'I was at Wroxham for five years and it wasn't an easy decision to leave but you want to play in front of this crowd every other week. It's simple. We score three goals, we take it to extra-time, we score four, we win the game. Setch and Boony will have us well-prepared and they won't need to motivate us for a game like this.'