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King's Lynn Town prepare for Altrincham visit in the National League North

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King’s Lynn Town need to put their FA Cup exit at the hands of Nantwich Town firmly behind them and focus on National League North matters.

That’s the verdict of defender Rory McAuley heading into tomorrow’s home clash against Altrincham at The Walks.

McAuley, who has been an absolute colossus for Lynn at the back, said: “We were very disappointed about the cup defeat as it brings both attention and revenue to the club.

Rory McAuley 11 (6543631)
Rory McAuley 11 (6543631)

“We fell short at Nantwich, but that’s because we’ve set our standards so high this season. It’s important that we’re not too harsh on ourselves as we’ve started so well.

“Everyone expected us to be involved in a relegation fight, but in our opening 13 games we’ve proved that we are match for anyone at this level.

“Teams are starting to learn how we set up and play so we’ve got to be prepared for what they throw at us.”

McAuley, who is no stranger to Step Two football having played for both Dartford and Chelmsford in the Conference South in the past, believes that Lynn’s magnificent home form will be key between now and the end of the campaign.

The Linnets haven’t lost a league game at The Walks for 14 months and McAuley said: “We really are beginning to turn the place into something of a fortress and we want that to continue.

“Even when we go a goal behind at home, as a group we have the belief that we can still go on and get something from the game.

“It’s important that we make a fast start in front of our own fans and try to pick up as many points as we possibly can.”

McAuley, 29, is enjoying life in Lynn’s new surroundings.

“I prefer playing in the North to the South,” he admitted.

“You are playing at bigger grounds and against better clubs and the away games give you something to look forward to.

“We know it’s a bit more rough and tumble and you have to be a little bit more streetwise in the North.”

Tomorrow’s game marks the start of a busy schedule for Lynn, who will now travel to Kidderminster on Tuesday night.

The home game against Leamington has also been rearranged for Tuesday, November 12, after next Saturday’s trip to basement boys Bradford PA.

King’s Lynn Town under-18s will travel to Ipswich Town for their FA Youth Cup tie on Wednesday night with the winners hosting Exeter City in the next round.

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