Home comforts as King’s Lynn bag another FA Cup Walks draw

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After sealing £3,000 prize money from Saturday’s 4-1 win against Wroxham at The Walks, Linnets boss Gary Setchell and his troops continued their recent record of 10 home draws out of 13 since the club reformed.

The game will be played on Saturday, September 26 (3pm) and the winners will earn prize money of £4,500.

Manager Setchell said: “I currently do not know to much about Witham, but over the next couple of weeks I will have them watched. It’s also great for the supporters that we have another home tie to look forward to at The Walks.”

Witham Town hail from the Ryman Football League Division North, where they lie 20th out of 24 teams.

The Essex side have gained just five points from their opening seven games.

Witham won 2-1 at Thurrock against a club that hadn’t been knocked out in the first qualifying round for 25 years.

John Watson (21 minutes) and Lance Akins (34) struck in the first half to send the visitors through to face Lynn.

Lynn have been busy in the transfer market. First they announced the signing of forward Jack Friend on a season long loan from Championship side Peterborough United.

Friend (19) can play anywhere across the front line, with Setchell adding: “Jack is another local lad who is keen to come to The Walks to further his football career.

“He will give us further options at the top of the park. He is a young man who is very keen to learn and I feel it’s a little feather in our cap that he has decided to come to us to further his football education.”

Friend made his debut on Saturday. Then defender Matt Castellan, a highly thought-of defender who is comfortable anywhere along the back four, arrived from Swaffham Town.

Setchell added: “Matt is another highly talented player. He is keen and wants to improve his game and play at the highest possible level. He is cup-tied for the Wroxham game but will be involved within the squad.”

Leaving the club is defender Jackson Ramm who has been handed a promotion at work, meaning he cannot commit to the demands of Southern League football.

Setchell added: “It’s a real shame that Jackson has had to leave the club but I understand his situation and he goes with our blessing. I would like to place on record my thanks to him for all of his efforts whilst with the club and wish him well for the future.”