King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell is prepared to risk injured defender Kern Miller for tomorrow’s FA Cup clash against Witham at The Walks.
Miller was set to miss the Second Qualifying Round tie with a slight hamstring strain, but with fellow centre-halves Sam Gaughran (injured) and Matty Castellan (cup-tied) both missing, Setchell may have no other choice than to play the 24-year-old.
Setchell said: “I’m hoping Kern will be alright to play and I may have to risk him for what is a very big fixture for the football club.
“From having a massive squad and all of these players, we are starting to look a bit thin on the ground all of a sudden.
“I don’t think Kern’s injury is any worse than what it has been.
“We’d planned on giving him a couple of weeks’ rest just to get him right, but Saturday is turning into a needs-must with both Matty and Sam missing.
“We will assess it. It’s not a crisis and it will give other lads the opportunity to come in.”
Midfielder Sam Clunan also limped off during Tuesday night’s 4-2 victory over Histon but should be fit to face Lynn’s Ryman One North visitors.
Witham, who are managed by former Peterborough defender Garry Kimble, drew 2-2 with Dereham in the league on Tuesday night.
“They are not bad, to be fair,” said Setchell.
“Witham play a little bit like Histon did and are very quick on the counter-attack.
“I watched them lose at AFC Sudbury, where they were very unlucky, and I don’t expect them to come and play any different here.
“If we don’t turn up and do things right then we will be in trouble.”
The winners of tomorrow’s tie will receive £4,500 and Setchell has again emphasised the importance of the competition.
“You just don’t realise how big the competition is for clubs at our level.
“You speak to clubs who have gone out at the first hurdle and they are absolutely distraught.
“We’ve got a home tie so we’ve got to try to make the most of it.”
On Tuesday’s victory over Histon, where Lynn came back from a goal down to win and go in 16th spot, Setchell said: “For a neutral it was a dream game and it could have easily been four-all at half-time.
“Our back four got some choice words at half-time.
“Once we went 2-1 up we were a different team. We were popping the ball around for fun and looked like a good side.”