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King's Lynn defender has extra reason for wanting to help club to FA Cup shock at Doncaster Rovers

Tyler Denton might be forgiven for harbouring extra reasons to help King’s Lynn Town produce an FA Cup shock at Doncaster Rovers tomorrow.

The defender knows what it’s like to be on the wrong end of a shock after he was dumped out of the competition by Sutton United when playing for Leeds United five years ago.

And on his last appearance at the Eco Power Stadium two years later, the full-back was sent-off just before half-time when appearing for Peterborough United after collecting two yellow cards.

Defender Tyler Denton. Picture: Tim Smith. (59320137)
Defender Tyler Denton. Picture: Tim Smith. (59320137)

For those two reasons alone, the 27-year-old perhaps has more incentive than most to create a piece of cup magic of his own this weekend.

Leeds-based Denton said: “Saturday is a huge occasion for everyone connected with the club, including the fans.

“After the final whistle at Gloucester City on Saturday we were all disappointed, but we’ve put that to bed now and the most important game is always the next one.

"If you'd have said we'd be top of the league and through to the first round of the FA Cup by the first week of November we'd have bit your arm off.

“It’s a game we are all relishing and we think we’ve got enough in our locker to get a result.

“The lads are really looking forward to the game. It’s a bit of a local draw for myself and I can’t wait.”

Reflecting on the defeat by the non-league minnows back in 2017, Denton said: “I was a young kid at Leeds at the time.

“Gary Monk threw quite a lot of the younger players in the deep end and they got a late goal to win it.

“Obviously, Leeds came in at the third round then. We’d already beaten Cambridge United 2-1 before we played at Sutton and Josh (Coulson) was with Cambridge back then, although he was injured for that game.”

During his time as a youngster at Elland Road, Denton crossed paths with now-Doncaster boss Danny Schofield, who was in charge of the academy sides back then.

“It was difficult to break into the Leeds first team back then and Danny is a person I can’t speak highly enough of.”

A former England under-17 international, Denton has got the football bug back again with the Linnets.

“King’s Lynn is a club that has helped me fall in love with football again,” he said.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the management, staff and players for how they’ve all looked after me.

“The fans are top-drawer too, it feels like one big family at the moment.

“To think that we’re taking 600 fans to watch us against a League Two club is fantastic. The boy's were talking about that at training and we’d love to send them all home happy on Saturday.”

Iconic FA Cup scorer remembered

It was announced on Wednesday that Ronnie Radford, scorer of one of the most iconic goals in FA Cup history, has died at the age of 79.

Radford’s late equaliser for Hereford against Newcastle at Edgar Street took the game to extra time at 1-1 where Hereford went on to win 2-1 in the third round tie.

But it is often forgotten that in the first round of the competition that season, Radford and his Hereford team were close to being knocked out by the Linnets.

They met at The Walks on November 20, 1971, and a hard-fought encounter ended 0-0.

In the midweek replay four days later it was again another close affair before Hereford progressed 1-0.

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