Setchell - King’s Lynn must handle the pressure

King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell has warned Town must handle the pressure to seal a fairytale FA Vase final place at Wembley.

The Linnets eased past nine-man Rye United after extra-time at the weekend in an epic quarter-final tie watched by a season's best home crowd of 1,657 at The Walks.

Town now go into today's lunchtime semi-final draw alongside holders Whitley Bay, Dorset-based Poole and Midlands club Coalville bidding to reach a showpiece national final in their first-ever season.

'I don't really care who we get,' said Setchell. 'With two-legged games they will be tight affairs. I honestly believe it is who turns up on the day and is relaxed enough to perform and can cope with the pressure of a semi-final will go through. I don't think we coped particularly well with the quarter-final pressure.

'We have against the likes of St Neots and Norton in the earlier rounds. I don't know if we panicked a touch when they had a man sent off but that has given us something to think about and something to work on.'


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Setchell conceded Town were far from their fluent best despite the numerical advantage, before Robbie Harris struck an extra-time brace after Steve Spriggs had earlier cancelled out Duncan McArthur's opener.

'I don't think I have ever been involved in a game where we have played so poorly and won in my short time in management,' he said. 'I think the sending off was a hindrance rather than a help in all honesty and maybe also one or two of our players got stage fright. It was a big game and we have a young squad but I felt we deserved it on the day. 'Rye will look at it and probably think there ill-discipline cost them a chance of getting though but we kept our heads, kept 11 men on the field and we go through. You can't always play well and win. We have played poorly and are still in the semi-finals. When the lads sit down and reflect what we have achieved they should be happy.'

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Setchell believes his battle-weary troops deserve any luck going their way after a gruelling campaign which sees Town still competing on four fronts.

'I think at the final whistle the feeling was one of relief more than anything,' he said. 'Their lad hits the post with about 12 minutes to go in normal time and if that goes in you are looking at going out to ten men which would have been so disappointing. The lads deserve to get a result after the efforts they have put in this season.

'To go 27 unbeaten for a new side coming together at the start of the season, I think we have earned that bit of luck and now hopefully we can put in a performance in the semi-finals and get to Wembley. To sit here now with a chance to go to Wembley after what these supporters went through 12 months ago when they didn't have a club, well, they deserve it and we'll be doing our utmost.'

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