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FOOTBALL: Plum Trophy draw for Linnets

The Linnets have been handed a plum home fixture against former winners AFC Telford United in the 2nd round of the FA Trophy.

That’s the reward for Lynn’s superb 1-0 win at Worksop on Saturday and club officials are already looking at the possibility of making it an all-ticket match.

Club vice-chairman Jonathan Chapman said: “Telford at home is a fantastic draw for us. Yes, it’s a tough one and they are flying high in the Conference, but it’s a match we are all looking forward to.

“All credit goes to (manager) Gary Setchell and the team for this cup run and what a great Christmas present it would be if they could keep it going.

“Telford do have a good support and we will be speaking to them this week about the possibility of making it all-ticket.

“This will be our biggest game since we re-formed the club; I think bigger even than our FA Vase semi-final – and if we could see off Telford, well we could perhaps even start dreaming of Wembley.”

Setchell himself said after the cup draw was made yesterday: “We could not have asked for anything better.”

Telford, mid-table in the Blue Square Bet premier division, lifted the FA Trophy in 1989 after a 1-0 win over Macclesfield, having lost 3-2 in a replay to Enfield in the previous year’s final.

They are managed by former Spurs and England winger Andy Sinton, and on Saturday had a 1-0 home win over Nuneaton in their 1st round tie.

Linnets manager Setchell plans to go and watch Telford next Tuesday when they play Barrow.

He said: “They are a full-time outfit and we will be the underdogs going into the match, but it seems the bigger the game the better our lads play.

“We have had four tough games to get this far and we will certainly not be overawed.

“It’s a cracking draw for the players and everyone connected with the club and we’re at home. Telford are a big club but we’ve proved we can compete with anyone on our day.

“At the start of this competition, we said there wasn’t much mileage in it for us but now we’ve gone a few rounds that has changed.

“Our travelling fans have been fantastic and it would be great if we could reproduce the atmosphere they created at Worksop for this match at The Walks. That would make it a real carnival day.”

The Linnets have now picked up £14,800 from the FA Trophy prize fund in reaching the 2nd round.

It’s back to business in the Norfolk Senior Cup this evening when the Linnets travel to meet Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Thetford Town.

“Setchell said: “This is a cup we want to win and we’ll be taking a strong side, although I may add one or two of the younger players to the squad.”

 

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