Wall and Defty to face late fitness tests ahead of King’s Lynn Town’s UCL game at Thrapston Town
Injury doubts Stuart Wall and Jack Defty will undergo late fitness tests before Gary Setchell picks his King's Lynn Town team to face Thrapston Town tonight.
Defender Wall (groin) and striker Defty (knee) were substituted during Lynn's 5-3 League Cup quarter-final win over Cogenhoe United on Saturday.
Setchell said that although the pair will definitely travel to Northamptonshire - as his side look to continue their United Counties Premier Division challenge - he will be taking no risks with two of Lynn's most inspirational players.
'Both Stuart and Jack are keen to play - they're honest lads but I want to be careful with them,' said Setchell.
'It's a bit of a concern to me they felt tweaks less than 72 hours ago. I don't want to put anyone - least of all them two - out for four to six weeks by taking risks. We've got a big enough squad to cope with not playing them if they're struggling so we'll make a common sense decision once we're there.'
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Luke Thurlbourne returns to the squad after missing Saturday's win through illness while striker Jason Turner could make his Lynn debut after being cup-tied at the weekend. Goalkeeper Alex Street will replace Matthew Hails in goal.
Setchell's table-topping Linnets beat Thrapston 4-2 in the FA Vase last season but travel to Chancery Lane for their first league game against James Alger's outfit - who have struggled since gaining promotion last season and sit second from bottom in the UCL Premier Division.
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'Thrapston are one of those sides who points are as valuable to them as they are to us, albeit for a different reason,' said Setchell.
'They worked very hard to get promoted and they won't want to go straight back down so they'll fight for everything. The longer the game goes on, if it's level, they'll believe they can nick something. We need to start well, get the ball down and impose ourselves on the game.'
Lynn's title rivals Long Buckby will not play tonight after their home game against Newport Pagnell Town was postponed due to floodlight problems.
• Lynn had their case heard last night regarding a possible points deduction over a suspension saga surrounding Rob Hughes.
Setchell, chairman Buster Chapman, and a solicitor were in attendance at the hearing in front of a UCL committee regarding Hughes' appearance against Boston Town on October 25.
At the time of playing, the Lincolnshire FA had no record of Hughes' fifth booking for Spalding, which came in the Tulips' game against Sleaford on October 4.
Lynn have always protested their innocence insisting they were unaware of the suspension because the referee had failed to send in the paperwork for three yellow cards in the Spalding v Sleaford game.
Setchell said 'the league agreed Lynn couldn't have done anymore' to check whether Hughes was eligible for selection for the match. However, the committee told Linnets chiefs they would make a decision in due course and inform the club in writing.