King’s Lynn Reserves boss Back bids to protect proud semi-final record

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King’s Lynn Reserves manager Robbie Back leads his side into tonight’s Norfolk Senior Cup clash against Dereham Town at The Walks looking to maintain a proud record on and off the pitch.

Back, 44, has never lost in a semi-final as a player or a manager as Lynn’s second string bid for a place in the Norwich City showpiece.

But that excellent achievement is set to be put to the test tonight by Lynn’s Ryman North visitors who operate two leagues higher than Lynn’s Thurlow Nunn League Division One top four side.

Back said: “Since we lost to Ely, we have been in a bit of form and the Norfolk Senior Cup is a bonus.

“I’ve managed and played at Carrow Road and have been lucky enough to have never lost in a semi-final as a player or manager.

“Getting to Carrow Road still gives me as much excitement as it did the first time I played there.”

Former Thurlow Nunn Leaguers Dereham are managed by ex-King’s Lynn Town Reserve boss Matt Henman.

Back added: “It’s going to be a massive task getting past Dereham, who play two leagues higher than ourselves.

“They possess a little bit more experience than us and like to play football.

“Saying that, we don’t fear anyone and will give Dereham the respect they deserve.”

After Saturday’s vital six-pointer first-team fixture against Hungerford Town fell victim to a waterlogged pitch, Lynn may include a sprinkling of senior players against The Magpies.

The last-four clash may give veteran midfielder Kevin White the last chance of reaching a Carrow Road final.

Back remarked: “Kevin has been absolutely brilliant for us and this could be his last chance to play at Norwich City.

“It’s a big game for him and it would be a dream for some of the youngsters to play at a Premier League ground.”

Linnets officials are working hard to get the game to go ahead.