King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell believes FA Cup success at Barwell tomorrow could set up his young-guns up for the remainder of the season.
The Linnets travel to the fellow Step Three outfit, who finished ten places above them in the Northern Premier League last season, with £7,500 awaiting the winners.
Setchell said: “It’s going to be a massive test for our young side, but if we can go there and get a result it could be massive for us and our future league fixtures.
“Barwell are a very, very hardworking side and everything you get there you have to scrap for.
“We know we can go there and get a result as we’ve done it before but we will have to roll our sleeves up.
“I don’t think there will be much between the two sides on the day. I think it will be a bit of brilliance or a mistake which wins the game on the day.”
New Linnets signing Lee Smith, who arrived at the club from Histon on Tuesday, is eligible to play in the Third Qualifying Round tie.
Smith, an attacking midfielder/utility player, made 158 appearances for Bury Town in four seasons before signing for Histon in 2009.
Having made 66 league appearances for them he returned to Bury for the 2011-12 season.
Smith then moved to Lowestoft, scoring seven goals in 18 appearances, before further spells with Biggleswade, Lowestoft and Histon.
On Lynn’s new arrival, Setchell said: “Lee is another player with a bit more experience and he’s not cup-tied which is great for us.
“He can play in a number of positions so will add something to our squad. Anyone who can play in more than than one position are worth their weight in gold.”
Smith could go straight into the Lynn side against the Canaries, whose results this season have not matched those of last.
Occupying 12th place in the league table they have managed just one league win and four goals at Kirby Road while their single clean sheet of the season to date came in the FA Cup against Cogenhoe.
The Canaries went down to an 81st minute penalty against Ilkeston on Monday with a starting line-up that showed seven players that featured against Lynn last season, including former Coalville striker Ant Carney who scored a hat-trick against Lynn in the 4-3 win.
Amongst the summer additions to the Barwell squad is former Lynn player Iyseden Christie, now 38.
Barwell expect to be at full-strength with speedy wing forward Nigel Julien and centre back Jordan Wakeling set to return.
For Lynn, defender Sam Gaughran is definitely sidelined through injury, Jordan Yong is rated as 50/50, but Liam Hurst should be fit, despite picking up a knock in the 1-1 draw with Dunstable on Tuesday night.