Setchell wary of FA Cup visitors

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Linnets boss Gary Setchell is refusing to take Lancaster City for granted when the two teams lock horns in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup tomorrow.

Prize money of £7,500 and a place in the final qualifying round awaits the winners of the tie at The Walks.

The Linnets, who operate at one step higher than their Evo-Stik Division One North visitors, will start as firm favourites but Setchell is wary of the Dolly Blues who have already one Premier Division scalp under their belts.

Setchell said: “Over the last three or four years we’ve beaten a number of teams who play at a higher level than us.

“You can’t then expect that it might not happen to us because it can if we don’t perform to our full potential.

“Lancaster are coming from what I believe is one of the strongest Step Four leagues in the country.

“If you look at what Skelmersdale and Trafford did last season, and what Curzon and Ramsbottom are doing this, you can see that the level of Evo-Stik Division One North is a good one.

“They finished on the same number of points as Ramsbottom, who are in the top-five of our league this season.”

Having caused a number of cup upsets in recent seasons, the Linnets have also found themselves on the receiving end of a surprise in years gone by.

In 1998-99 they suffered a 1-0 home reverse to West Auckland Town as well as a 2-0 loss to Bury Town in 2009-10.

Like Lynn, Lancaster have yet to concede a goal in the cup this season having reached this round of the competition by virtue of three away victories. So far, they have defeated Washington 7-0, West Allotment Celtic 5-0 and FC United of Manchester 1-0.

On Tuesday night, a last-minute wonder goal saw Lancaster share the spoils in a 3-3 draw at Bamber Bridge.

The Dolly Blues are managed by former QPR, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers defender Darren Peacock.

Bristol-born boss Peacock said: “Saturday is a huge game for us, the rewards are there for anybody that does well.

“When you’re at a club like Lancaster there are plenty of people associated with the club for many years.

“They tell you about the days that they’ve got into the First Round Proper and what it means to the club and the region.

“These are memories that we want to rekindle. It’s exciting times for the club.”

Peacock was joined by his former team mate and ex-Blackpool, Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United, Manchester City and England winger Trevor Sinclair as assistant for the start of this campaign.

Setchell said: “They are managed by two people who played more than 700 games at an unbelievable standard of football.

“They are a good team and will be well organised. First and foremost, it’s not easy to go to FC United and win 1-0 like they did in the last round.”

Since their re-formation Lynn – just two victories away from the first-round proper – have found themselves with home advantage nine times in 12 draws.