Linnets' team dilemma after washout
CHRIS LAKEY Shaun Carey faces a dilemma ahead of King's Lynn's big FA Cup showdown on Friday night after bad weather washed out their FA Trophy trip to Windsor & Eton on Saturday.
Shaun Carey faces a dilemma ahead of King's Lynn's big FA Cup showdown on Friday night after bad weather washed out their FA Trophy trip to Windsor & Eton on Saturday.
Lynn's joint caretaker boss had his week ahead carefully planned, down to who was playing where and when.
But Saturday's postponement has changed all that - and Carey won't know if that's been beneficial until the final whistle blows at The Walks on Friday.
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Lynn were due to make a Southern League Premier Division trip to Northwood on Monday, train on Wednesday and play Oldham in front of the Sky TV cameras - and a 6,000 home crowd - on Friday.
But now they've got a free night followed by a second attempt to get the Trophy match out of the way on Tuesday, meaning Wednesday's training session will take a very different form.
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“It's funny because the game on Tuesday is so close to Friday's,” said Carey. “I had everything planned for the week, I knew my team for Saturday, my team for Monday and then what we'd do on Wednesday.
“But now everything's been thrown up in the air - and I understand there is already a major doubt as to whether Tuesday's game will actually go ahead anyway.”
A second postponement could prove to be a double-edged sword, as Carey pointed out.
“It's a difficult one because, as a player, I always feel happier going into a game when I've just played one, to keep the momentum going, but on the other hand, if it's called off on Tuesday it means extra time to rest two or three players who have been carrying a couple of niggling injuries. Sam McMahon had a virus last week and I was going rest him at the weekend, as well as Mark Warren.
“Don't forget, we haven't played since the Cirencester game a week and a bit ago. It works both ways and we will just have to get on with it.”