King’s Lynn Town boss looking to maintain proud knockout record
- Credit: Ian Burt
Gary Setchell is desperate for King's Lynn Town to keep their proud record in national knockout competitions intact.
The Linnets have yet to be on the end of an upset since reforming in 2010 and will look to avoid another this afternoon when they welcome Brigg Town – who play at the same level (Step Six) as their hosts' reserves.
With £3,000 prize money and a place in Monday's draw for the second qualifying round at stake it's no wonder that Lynn's boss is taking the encounter so seriously.
'It's big isn't it? It's big. I've never lost to lower-league opposition in the FA Cup, Trophy or Vase so hopefully that won't happen today,' said Setchell.
'It would be a disaster. But someone from Step Five or Six will beat someone from Step Three (Lynn's level) this weekend. We've got to make sure that's not us. We've been handed a home tie against lower-league opposition and we've got to make full use of it. The FA Cup is big. You get the rewards from a good run. You've just got to look at the teams who have done it; Blyth the season before, Salford last season.'
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'It's got to be King's Lynn's turn eventually. I think 2006 was the Oldham game (second round) – we're due. We're close, we've been to the fourth qualifier (final hurdle before first round) a couple of times. It's a burning desire for me, certainly, to try and get to the first round of the FA Cup. Hopefully it will be a start on Saturday.
'They're coming here with an absolute free hit. This is probably Brigg's cup final and they'll get a few quid out of it. They're not just going to come here and roll over though and let us win. Hopefully we can put in a solid enough performance and win the game.'
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The clash will go to a replay if the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One visitors can avoid defeat inside 90 minutes – something that Lynn could do without as they continue to operate with a threadbare squad and have fitness concerns over Gary Mills, Sam Gaughran, Toby Hilliard, Leon Mettam, loanee Shaun McWilliams (who may be ineligible if not granted permission by Northampton Town to play) plus Ryan and Liam Fryatt.
However, Setchell has added to his resources with the signing of former Norwich City Academy player Danny Emmington, from Wisbech St Mary. The versatile 21-year-old has been playing centre-back for the Thurlow Nunn First Divison newcomers and is eligible to face Brigg today.
'We'ves been tracking Danny for some time and keeping an eye on his progress,' said Setchell. 'I think this signing might raise a few eyebrows like when we signed Matty Castellan from Step Five football, but I am confident, like Matty, Danny can make the step up to (Step) Three with our guidance.'
Setchell has also announced that current coach Gary Mills has been made assistant manager at the club – a role vacant since the departure of Neil Fryatt last month.
'I'm really happy with what Millsy brings to the table,' said Setchell. 'He's a great coach and the players have really taken to him since his return.'