King’s Lynn Town bid to avenge City cup exits

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King’s Lynn Town open their home Southern League campaign when they renew acquaintances with Cambridge City tonight.

Lynn will be looking to banish the memories of the double defeat of 2013 which saw them removed from both the FA Cup and Trophy.

The Walks outfit suffered a humiliating 5-1 home reverse in the FA Cup before losing 2-1 to the Lilywhites in the FA Trophy.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell said: “It’s not about Cambridge City, it’s about what we do and trying to play in the right way.

“We believe we are good enough to finish in the top ten this season and you don’t suddenly become bad players after one league defeat.

“I’d like us to play the ball a little bit better from back to front than we did at Merthyr on Saturday.

“We’ve got two home games now and it’s vital that we get something from both matches.

“This is Step Three football but you are not going to get a true reflection of where we are until after about 12 games.”

City finished in 13th place last season and earlier in the summer announced they had retained their squad with the exception of former Linnet Chris Bacon.

Cambridge boss Gary Roberts did bring in a loan player on the eve of Saturday’s match with Weymouth 18-year-old centre-back Danny Burns being taken on a month’s youth loan from near-neighbours Cambridge United.

Also signing on was 29-year-old striker Michael Malcolm who, as a 14-year-old, was signed by Tottenham Hotspur from Wycombe Wanderers for an initial fee of £10,000.

On Saturday’s opening-day defeat to Merthyr Town, Setchell said: “We got caught cold in the first half.

“It was a tremendous header from the lad for their first goal and that put us on the back foot a little bit.

“I’m disappointed with the two goals which we’ve conceded but you’ve got to credit Merthyr.

“They squeezed the life out of us first half. They pressed us high up the pitch and made it very difficult for us.

“We could have crumbled but we hung in there in the second half and in the end there were a lot of positives.

“We created two or three good openings and I was disappointed that we didn’t make more of them after getting in some good positions.”

n The funeral of former King’s Lynn player and president Jim Chandler will take place on Friday at 3.15pm, at St Botolph Church, Grimston.

Mr Chandler died at the age of 98 on Thursday.

As well as president of KLFC he was also appointed chairman of the county FA in 1983 and served on the board of the association between 1999 until 2006.

He made his debut in goal for Lynn on April 1, 1936, against Lowestoft and went on to play for them after the war, making just short of 100 appearances.

n Match report – see page 47.