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King's Lynn Town will host Dover Athletic if they can triumph in midweek FA Trophy replay

King’s Lynn Town will be down to the bare bones in terms of numbers when they travel to Hereford tonight for an FA Trophy replay.

And, if successful, awaiting the Linnets in the First Round Proper is an attractive-looking home tie against National League Premier outfit Dover Athletic on Saturday, December 14.

Dover, who are managed by former Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler, currently occupy a top-ten berth in the National League Premier and recently accounted for League One Southend in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup.

Ryan Jarvis (22456653)
Ryan Jarvis (22456653)

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse is again short of central defenders for tonight’s trip to Herefordshire.

Rory McAuley is the only recognised centre half with Ryan Fryatt and Chris Smith both injured and recent recruit Tom Ward again cup tied.

It could still be another month before Fryatt and Smith feature back in a Linnets shirt.

Smith’s arm is still in a sling because of an elbow injury, while an MRI scan revealed a couple of ligament tears in Fryatt’s knee and he is now on a rehabilitation programme.

Looking ahead to the replay, Linnets boss Culverhouse said: “It is going to be tough, we will have to rotate again.

“We took a chance and left a couple out today and they will come back in now and some other people will have to drop out.

“But it is the front two we have got to look after because they are putting in a shift, week in week out so we just have to careful with those two.”

It looks likely that both Michael Clunan and Chris Henderson, who were both named on the bench at the weekend, will feature at Edgar Street.

Culverhouse will have to make alate call on if Ryan Jarvis is fit enough to feature for the second time in four days.

“We have to see how he is so we have two days now to try and recover from it, but he knows his own body,” said Culverhouse.

“He is experienced enough to tell us no, he is not right or yes, he is right and we just have to look after him to make sure, because we are a better team with him in the side.”

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