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King's Lynn Town eye second FA Trophy scalp with trip to National League Ebbsfleet United

It will be a case of old friends reunited tomorrow when King’s Lynn Town look to claim their second big FA Trophy scalp.

The Linnets travel to struggling National League outfit Ebbsfleet United after accounting for another Kent outfit in Dover Athletic in the previous round.

And the tie provides an intriguing reunion for both camps.

Michael Clunan. Picture: TIM SMITH (6625708)
Michael Clunan. Picture: TIM SMITH (6625708)

Ebbsfleet boss Kevin Watson played with Ian Culverhouse at Swindon while he was Stevenage number two when Adam Marriott was with the Hertfordshire club.

Looking ahead to the tie, Watson said: “I played with Ian at Swindon so I know him very well. I haven’t spoken to him since the draw was made.

“I was at Bishop’s Stortford when we were playing in the Southern Premier and he left King’s Lynn and they had a bit of a dip. But they’ve picked up again now and he’s back in charge.

“They’ve got good players, like Adam Marriott who I’m a big fan of having worked with him at Stevenage when I was assistant manager to Teddy Sheringham, technically he’s very good.

“It will be a tough game and we’ll be under no illusions that it’s not going to be a stroll in the park.”

Ebbsfleet come into the game on the back of a 7-0 drubbing at Barrow last weekend.

“I want to win the game,” admitted Watson.

“We’re coming up against a team that’s flying in the league below. We need to step up to the plate.

“I expect us to give a good account of ourselves. We’re a National League team and they are flying high in the league below.

“Some people’s opinion will be that King’s Lynn are favourites to win this game - but that’s not my view though.”

The Linnets are still actively working hard to try and strengthen their squad ahead of a crucial run of fixtures in the National League North, but are remaining patient in their pursuit of the right players.

Linnets chief Culverhouse will again assess his options as late as possible with a number of players still nursing knocks and bruises.

Skipper Michael Clunan, who requires an operation on his broken leg, remains a long-time absentee with Ryan Fryatt and Chris Smith edging closer to returning to action.

Midfielder Ryan Jarvis returns to the squad following his suspension last weekend.

The winners will receive £5250 in prize money and the losers collecting £1750.

If tomorrow’s tie ends in a draw the replay will be at Lynn on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off).

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