King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell will fear no one if his FA Cup heroes land another home draw
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Gary Setchell believes every club will be hoping to avoid landing a trip to King's Lynn Town in today's FA Cup third qualifying round draw.
The patched-up Linnets pulled off a heroic upset to dump Conference North Hednesford out of the competition thanks to George Thomson's 82nd-minute penalty on Saturday.
And Setchell said it is a result which will have teams fearing a trip to The Walks – a stadium where reformed Lynn have made a habit of beating higher-level teams, especially during their epic FA Trophy run two seasons ago.
'I said to the lads, 'if we come through the game you'll have an excellent chance of getting through to the first round (still two wins away)' because no-one will want to come here,' said Lynn's manager.
'After beating Hednesford, no-one will want to come to King's Lynn. We don't care if we play teams from a higher level. If we get a home draw we'll be hard to beat. Away from home, it's difficult. Obviously football is difficult away from home.
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'But we won a game on Saturday that nobody expected us to win, I don't think anybody came to the ground apart from me and Neil (Fryatt, assistant) who thought we could win realistically. But we showed what great spirit and togetherness we've got.'
Only two wonder saves from Dan Crane denied the Linnets, missing four first-team regulars, a half-time lead they deserved following an opening 45 minutes full of tireless effort and endeavour. And while the Conference North visitors enjoyed a spell of pressure during the middle of the second period, commanding goalkeeping from Alex Street and brilliant defending, especially from young Shaun Stocker and the inspirational Ross Watson, kept the scores level until Thomson slotted home following Alex Melbourne's decision to bundle over Jake Jones in the box.
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'I thought my front two (Sam Mulready and Michael Frew) were magnificent, they covered every blade of grass,' said Lynn's delighted manager.
'Every player had an 'eight out of 10 game'. We deserved to win the game. Their gaffer came up to me and said we deserved it.
'I think it was the case of a typical FA Cup game and which team wanted it more. My patched-up, sort of injury-hit and wedding-hit and cup-tied hit lads wanted it more than the Hednesford boys.'
- To read a match report, and see a picture gallery from Saturday's game, click here.