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King's Lynn Town bidding for FA Cup success at Nantwich

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King’s Lynn Town will be hoping to emulate the exploits of the club’s under-18 side when they travel to Nantwich Town in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup tomorrow.

Lynn’s young-guns defeated their counterparts from Hitchin 4-3 on Wednesday night, with Joseph Taylor, Finley Howe, Mitchell Rasberry and Owen Gilbert all finding the back of the net, to book a trip to Ipswich Town in the First Round Proper later this month.

And now the club’s senior side will be looking to follow suit with a place in the First Round Proper for the first time in 13 years when they travel to the Weaver Stadium.

Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock. Picture: Tim Smith. (14895244)
Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock. Picture: Tim Smith. (14895244)

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse said: “It’s going to be a hard game up there but we’ll travel up with every confidence with the way we are playing and try to get through.

“They are not a bad side. We’ve had them looked at and we know what they’re about but hopefully this group will stand up to the test.

“It’s a game that is going to test our squad. We’ve got a very small squad and we’re going to have to put square pegs in round holes, but I’m sure whoever comes in won’t let the side down.”

Nantwich are flying high in the Northern Premier League, but a 1-0 home defeat to lowly Radcliffe Borough last Saturday ended a seven-game unbeaten run for the Dabbers.

Victorious clubs in the fourth round qualifying will earn £18,750 from The FA prize fund while the losers will collect £6,250.

And both sides know that victory could secure a tie against the likes of League One giants and former cup winners Sunderland, Ipswich Town or Coventry City in Monday’s draw.

At the time of going to press, Lynn had so far been left frustrated in their attempts to bring in a defender on loan ahead of tomorrow’s tie.

Despite being in contact with a host of clubs, including Norwich City, Peterborough, Notts County and Northampton, Lynn have been unable to bring in an extra body.

Director of football Robbie Back said: “It hasn’t been through a lack of trying. We were very close to bringing in an ex-Manchester United Academy lad.

“The clubs had agreed a deal but the player concerned didn’t want all of the extra travelling.

“We haven’t managed to bring anyone in but we’ve made some good contacts and it is all about building up good relationships with other clubs at this level.”

With both Chris Smith and Ryan Fryatt injured, Ross Barrows is likely to continue in an emergency centre-half role alongside Rory McAuley in the heart of the Lynn defence.

But the news on Fryatt, who tweaked ligaments in his knee, is a little bit brighter with the long-serving defender set to return to action in the next fortnight.

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