Merthyr Town opener is a trip down memory lane for Southern League Premier new-boys King’s Lynn Town
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King's Lynn Town's new Southern League adventure begins with a memory-evoking trip to Wales.
The Linnets, switched into the set-up's Premier Division from its Northern counterpart during the FA's annual summer shake up of the semi-professional pyramid, make the long trip to Merthyr Town today. It was a journey they last made in April 2008 on a memorable afternoon that saw the men in blue and gold win 2-0 to lift the title during their last match in the organisation.
Gary Setchell, boss of a reformed Lynn who have always played in northern-based divisions since being reformed in 2010, said: 'Lynn's last game at Merthyr yielded a championship and it was a trip that will long live in the memory of fans that went.
'Hopefully we can enjoy another trip and return with another positive result. It's going to be a tough task though if you look at the bookies' odds. They rate Merthyr as 8/1 to win the league and us at 33/1. We're big outsiders to even win this game so we're going to have to beat the odds if you like. But we know we've had a good pre-season and we're going to win games this season so hopefully Saturday will be our first.'
A lot has happened since around 500 travelling supporters partied at the home of the Welsh outfit seven years ago. Both clubs have been liquidated and reformed and now, with fan-owned Merthyr gaining promotion last season, return to the Southern League's top-tier.
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Setchell will take striker Jack Frohawk with him for the fixture while Liam Fryatt and Luke Pearson left behind to be included in the reserve team's Thurlow Nunn First Division opener at home to Team Bury. Hitman Jake Speight is in line to make his competitive Lynn debut while Kern Miller – who was rested for Tuesday's friendly loss at Grantham – looks set to do the same.
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