King’s Lynn Town not counting their chickens despite another home tie in the FA Cup
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Gary Setchell's experiences against promoted Evo-Stik Division One North teams means he won't be taking Lancaster City lightly in the FA Cup.
King's Lynn Town's reward for their shock victory over higher-level Hednesford Town on Saturday is their third home tie of this season's competition. Although the Linnets' third qualifying round fixture is against a team that play one tier below them, Setchell insists he's not already thinking about enjoying another special victory at The Walks.
Evo-Stik Premier Division Lynn have lost to Skelmersdale United and Trafford since their promotion from the Dolly Blues' league. And the impressive early-season form of Northern League top-flight new-boys Curzon Ashton and Ramsbottom United has left Lynn's boss well aware of the task laying in wait on Saturday, October 11.
Setchell said: 'Over the last three or four years we've beaten a number of teams who play at a higher level than us. You can't then expect that it might not happen to us because it can.
'Lancaster are coming from what I believe is one of the strongest Step Four leagues in the country. If you look at what Skelmersdale and Trafford did last season, and what Curzon and Ramsbottom are doing this, you can see that the level of Evo-Stik Division One North is a good one.
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'Of course I'm happy we're at home. Being at home is key, it's definitely an advantage. Can we win the game? Of course we can. But can we get our pockets picked if we don't perform like we have done in the past against teams like Hednesford, Worksop, Telford and others? Of course we can.'
Lancaster stunned FC United – who play in Lynn's league - to progress to yesterday's penultimate qualifying round draw at Wembley. Their three FA Cup victories this term have all come away from home.
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Not for the first time, an away side will arrive at The Walks with a glamour managerial team in the shape of former QPR team-mates Darren Peacock and his assistant Trevor Sinclair – an unused substitute during his side's win on Saturday. Their presence will increase the profile of the match with Setchell admitting he can't wait to share the touchline with the big-name duo.
'There's been a lot of big bosses we've come up against over the last few years,' said Lynn's manager of battles with the likes of Andy Sinton and Garry Flitcroft.
'I always enjoy it. Their teams are always going to be organised and it'll be the same with Lancaster. The two (bosses) wouldn't have played 700-plus games as professionals if they didn't know a little bit about the game. I'm sure they've got good contacts and can get hold of good players. It's great for Neil (Fryatt, assistant) and I to pit our wits against them. But it's not going to be about Darren Peacock, Trevor Sinclair, Neil Fryatt or Gary Setchell once the game kicks off. It will be about which 11 players perform better on the pitch.'
Since re-formation Lynn – two victories away from the first-round proper – have been drawn at home in the competition nine times and away just three.
The Draw (selected ties)
Tamworth v Coalville/Lowestoft Town, Barwell/Norwich United v Curzon Ashton, King's Lynn Town v Lancaster City
The 40 third qualifying round matches will be held on Saturday, October 11
The clubs that progress will pocket £7,500 prize money.