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Joint Linnets boss hopes lightning can strike twice

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Joint King’s Lynn Town manager Robbie Back wants to the club to end Buxton’s FA Trophy dream for the second time in the space of three seasons tomorrow.

The Linnets inflicted a 3-1 defeat on their opponents when the two sides met in the second qualifying round of the same competition back in 2016/17.

Bradley Abbott fired the Bucks in front before efforts from former Linnets Toby Hilliard, Lee Stevenson and Leon Mettam secured victory for the Linnets.

And with the draw throwing up a quirk of fate, Back would love to replicate that result when the two sides lock horns again at the Tarmac Silverlands Stadium.

Neil Fryatt and Robbie Back orchestrate team affairs from the bench. Picture: TIM SMITH (4336505)
Neil Fryatt and Robbie Back orchestrate team affairs from the bench. Picture: TIM SMITH (4336505)

Back said: “We’d love to get another result like that, but we are under no illusions that the game is going to be easy.

“Our away form is really good and we are scoring plenty of goals so we will go there full of confidence.

“Buxton’s pitch will also suit us so we’ve got nothing to fear on that front. We will be a little bit light on numbers, having let a few players go out on loan, but we have still got a good enough squad to bring back a positive result.

“It will be a tough test for us, but we’ve done our homework and know a little bit about them having spoken to a couple of other managers.”

The Linnets have injury concerns over recent additions Adam Marriott and Chris Henderson with both players receiving treatment for knocks earlier in the week.

“I’d be surprised if either of them will feature against Buxton,” admitted Back who, along with Neil Fryatt, have guided Lynn to just one defeat in nine matches in all competitions since stepping into the hot seat.

“They are not serious injuries but Adam will definitely not play. He will be alright to resume training again on Monday.”

Tomorrow’s hosts, The Bucks are currently without a win from their last four matches.

After drawing with Farsley Celtic, the Derbyshire outfit suffered their heaviest league defeat of the season with a 4-0 reverse at league leaders Scarborough.

They were forced to settle for a point after drawing 2-2 with North Ferriby last weekend before sharing the spoils at Hednesford with a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.

The club recently swooped to complete the signing of midfielder Oliver Roberts from Mickleover Sports. Roberts, who was a product of Stole City’s youth set up, has also featured for Fleetwood Town, Tamwoth and Stalybridge Celtic.

If the match is drawn then the replay will be on Wednesday night at The Walks. The winners will receive £3,250 in prize money.

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