King’s Lynn want a taste of FA Cup glory
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon insists the UCL Premier Division title challengers would love a long FA Cup run ahead of today's historic extra-preliminary round tie against Ridgeons First Division Whitton at The Walks. (3pm)
The Linnets ended up empty-handed in their inaugural season after fighting on four fronts, but Boon is targeting a small slice of cup glory on the eve of the club's first-ever foray into the world famous competition.
'In my eyes, it is still the biggest and the best cup competition,' he said. 'We don't come into the FA Vase until the second round so there isn't an issue with too many games at this stage. We want to take advantage because we have two potential home draws in the next rounds as well.
'I expect a big crowd and it would be nice to get up near the thousand mark because it is a bit of a historic game for the club. There is the prestige and the revenue which is vital for clubs at our level. A big gate would also be great for Whitton. I don't know too much about them but when we used to play them with Fakenham they were always tough and physical games. They could have gone up last season from the First Division but didn't, for whatever reason, so we'll give them plenty of respect.'
Lynn maintained their 100% start to the new league campaign with a hard-fought 3-2 midweek win at Sleaford. Town were indebted to keeper Alex Street after racing into a 2-0 lead before Ben Coe struck a later winner.
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'No excuses, but the pitch was a tough one to get it down and play,' said Boon. 'We struggled to come to terms with it and ended up going direct to big Jack (Defty). We got the two goals in front and we looked comfortable but then the old Tuesday night blues struck again. Having said that, last season we might have drawn or even lost a game like that so to show plenty of character to get a third was fair play to the players. Myself and Setch (Gary Setchell) were well pleased after the game.'
Former Wisbech defender Paul Cousins missed the Sleaford win with a broken toe, but the centre back has not ruled a quick return.
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'He is hopeful he can wear a special cast because he broke a toe last season and played on,' said Boon. 'Stuart Wall has been excellent in the past two games, he is a very commanding presence in the air, and you can see why he has played at a higher level. Pat Bexfield is still suspended and Jordan Yong (ankle ligament damage) is not fit, but lads like Ben Coe have come in and taken their chance and that is important.
'The lads who are playing well will keep there place in the side. Bully (Dan Buhlemann) came in for Luke Thurlbourne at Sleaford and he deserved to start. That is how it must be this season.'