Linnets boss Gary Setchell is plotting another cup shock against Telford, the club that left him with one of his greatest memories as a player.
Twelve years after scoring the winner against them for Kettering in the semi-finals of the FA Trophy, Setchell is masterminding another day to savour – this time from the dugout.
Setchell said: “It’s a day I will never, ever forget. It was probably one the most memorable days in my career and life. Scoring the winner for Kettering to get us to Wembley was very special.
“I’m hoping it might be an omen and that my players can repeat it to make it one of my best days as a manager.”
Setchell, whose side have accounted for higher-league opposition in the four previous rounds, is under no illusions about the size of the task facing his side.
“It’s a mammoth task taking on Telford,” said Setchell. “I’d say it’s the biggest game for the town since the club played Oldham in the FA Cup and we know how difficult it’s going to be.
“Telford are a big, powerful side with plenty of energy and pace. We are going to need to be very good defensively and concentrate fully for 90 minutes.
“Whatever the result we’ve had a terrific run, but The FA Trophy has provided us with some special moments this season and perhaps Saturday could be another one.
“We’ve been the underdog in every round we’ve played in, but we’ve already shown that we can compete and mix it with teams from a higher level. If we could beat them it would be a monumental result and we can use Bradford (Carling Cup victors over Arsenal) as inspiration that it can be achieved.”
Like the Linnets, Telford were reformed after encountering financial difficulties.
Managed by Ex-Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday wing-wizard Andy Sinton, they will arrive at The Walks as a fan-owned club this time around.
They last played the Linnets during the 2008/09 season, before the old ‘King’s Lynn’ were wound up in the High Court.
Setchell knows that another giant-killing trick would turn up the heat on boss Sinton, who is already under pressure from a section of the Bucks’ fans.
“You never want to see any football manager under pressure but football can be a brutal business,” said Setchell.
“Andy (Sinton) will be working as hard as he can to get things right for Telford – the same as every manager does at any other club.”