King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell got his wish for higher-level opposition yesterday when his side were drawn at home to AFC Fylde in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
The Linnets will host the big-spending Conference North pacesetters on Saturday, October 25. It continues a remarkable run which has seen Lynn first out of the hat in ten of the 13 cup draws since the club were reformed.
A prize of £12,500 awaits the winners, along with a possible draw against a side from the Football League in the First Round Proper.
Speaking after Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Lancaster City at The Walks, Setchell said: “I hope we get a higher-level team at home because we play better when we are the underdog.
“We are better when our backs against the wall. We know we have to step it up when we are really up against it.
“Today at 3-0 up against lower-level opposition with ten men, we took our foot of the gas.
“We didn’t do that against Hednesford and we didn’t do it against AFC Telford, Eastbourne, Worksop and Carshalton (referring to some of Lynn’s cup scalps in the past couple of seasons).”
AFC Fylde, who are owned by millionaire businessman David Haythornthwaite, currently sit four points clear of the Conference North.
One of only two league defeats this campaign came at the hands of Lowestoft earlier in the campaign, while Lynn beat The Coasters 2-0 when the two sides met in the league at The Walks last season.
Setchell admitted that cup fever has started to hit town as Lynn bid to reach the first round proper for the first time since 2006/07.
“It’s a fantastic achievement to get to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup,” said Setchell.
“We’ve made a few quid for the club and there was a great crowd here against Lancaster, which I was delighted with.
“I had a feeling that we could get a few through the gate as Twitter was rife on Saturday morning.”
Tickets for the AFC Fylde tie will be on sale at tonight’s home match, as the Linnets turn their attentions to EvoStik League action when they entertain Grantham Town.
Midfielder Dan Quigley is back in contention after coming on as a late substitute at the weekend.
The Gingerbreads, who have ex-Linnet Jack McGovern in their squad, made a flying start to the campaign but now find themselves just below mid-table in 15th.
Lynn will have to combat Grantham frontman Greg Smith, who Setchell revealed he tried to sign in the summer.
Setchell said: “It won’t be one for the purists. They are very direct, big and hit a long balls into Greg Smith and that’s something we will have to deal with it. I tried to sign him in the summer after he scored 21 goals from open play last season.
“He’s not pretty on the eye but he is a big lad and is very, very effective. I did speak to him but he was on contract.
“I will set down and do my homework, like I always do, and pick a team to try to win the game.
“Hopefully with three home games we can pick up some decent points. We want to finish above where we did last season and perhaps make an assault on the top-five.”
Also in action tonight could be goalkeeper Joseph Colman and midfielder Eoin McQuaid, both from the high-flying Reserve set-up, who are in a 16-man squad for Norfolk U18s against Bedfordshire.
McQuaid has already played for the county this season, coming on as a substitute against Northamptonshire in the 5-0 FA County Youth Cup win earlier in the month.