King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell would like to add a long FA Cup run to the club’s impressive cup pedigree going into tomorrow’s First Qualifying Round tie at home to Wroxham.
The Linnets have enjoyed long and prosperous runs in both the FA Vase and FA Trophy, but the FA Cup is the one competition which they have failed to really make their mark on since their reformation.
Lynn have twice reached the Fourth Qualifying Round since rising from the ashes, losing to Tamworth AFC and Fylde respectively, and Setchell would like to improve on that record this season.
Setchell said: “The aim of all Step Two, Three and Four clubs is to try to reach the First Round proper.
“It’s a great competition and games such as Oldham, Rotherham and Bristol Rovers are still spoken about around the town.
“We have managed to go the furthest we’ve ever been in both the FA Vase and Trophy since being reformed so it would be great to do the same in the FA Cup.”
Setchell is under no illusions that his side have everything to lose and nothing to gain against lower-league Wroxham
“People say it’s a good draw but it’s only a good draw if you go on to win the game,” admitted Setchell.
“It’s actually a horrible draw because everyone is expecting us to win and it’s a free hit for Wroxham so to speak.
“We’ve got to make sure that we are not one of the shock results.
“In the six years I have been at the club we have never lost to a lower-league team in a national cup competition and that’s a record I’d like to continue.”
The Lynn chief watched the Yatchsmen, who have former Lynn player Cedric Anselin as their assistant manager, draw 1-1 with Bury in the Ryman League North. Also in the Wroxham ranks is former Linnets striker Jamie Forshaw.
“They are a young side with a little bit of experience and are decent,” said Setchell.
“Jamie will come here feeling he has a bit of a point to prove and they also have the likes of Nathan Stone.
“I will pick a team good enough to do the job against Wroxham and I don’t envisage too many changes with players earning the right to keep their shirts last week.
“If we perform how we did against Poole last Saturday then Wroxham will be in for a very difficult game.
“But if we turn in home displays like we did against Paulton and Bideford then Wroxham will have half a chance.”