King’s Lynn target FA Cup progress
Kng's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon insists Town will treat FA Cup second qualifying round opponents Quorn with due respect after landing a home tie at The Walks on October 1.
Quorn currently prop up step four of the Northern League, South Division without a league win all season, but Boon is well aware of the potential for an upset against the UCL Premier Division title favourites.
'We're very, very happy with the draw,' he said. 'I remember playing them when I was at the club before and we were nearly on the end of a shock that day – which is what the competition is all about. They haven't won a game in the league, but we won't read too much into that. Cup football is a one off. We just wanted a home draw and we have been lucky in that respect again.
'We would have taken whoever we get, but we never take anyone likely. The cup is littered with shocks. I think they are looking for a manager as well at present so if a new one is in place by the time that tie comes around, you would expect them to pick up. The league is still our top priority and all we are trying to do is win games of football.'
Lynn's cup odyssey continued with a 1-0 success over Ridgeons Premier Division Haverhill at the weekend in front of another 800-plus crowd.
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'We played our best football in the first 35 minutes but they had a keeper on loan from Peterborough and he was arguably the man of the match,' said Boon. 'We didn't get that second one and maybe the players took their foot off the pedal.
'Haverhill might feel they had enough pressure to get a replay – although our keeper didn't really have a save to make.
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'It didn't matter if we won 8-0 or 1-0, all that mattered was we were in the next round of the cup. I think it underlines how far we have progressed because we might have slipped up in those type of games last season. The back five look so solid.' Boon admitted Town's management have some selection posers for tonight's home league game against Blackstone. Boon and Gary Setchell plan further pre-match talks with Luke Thurlbourne to discuss his future with the club. Thurlbourne has missed the last two games as a result of an internal disciplinary issue.
Captain Ross Watson (hamstring) could return to the squad but Jack Defty is unavailable. Back up striker Craig Calver has been released whilst Lynn have also launched a seven day approach for a possible target.
'With Craig it was simply a case we don't know if we can keep the lad here long enough to give him a start up front,' said Boon. 'There is another player who has become available that we have monitored for most of the season.
'We might make a few changes but myself and Gary would rather have those problems than not. Jamie Thurlbourne was out injured, but we left him out at the weekend and it just shows that we have that competition for places.'