King's Lynn Town under-18 boss lavishes praise of team after booking tie against Ipswich Town
King’s Lynn Town under-18s boss Neil Fryatt has hailed his players and coaching staff after booking a dream FA Youth Cup tie against Ipswich Town.
Lynn’s young guns visit Portman Road in the first round proper at the end of this month after a 4-3 victory over Hitchin Town in the final qualifying round last week.
Fryatt was purring with praise after the seven-goal thriller, saying: “I’m very proud of what the lads have achieved to get to the first round proper for a second successive season.
“I demand high standards, but I couldn’t wish for a better bunch of players who continue to work hard on and off the pitch.
“I’d also like to mention Dan Buhlemann for his support. His team talk at half-time against Hitchin was exceptional. The players took it on board and you saw what they produced in the second half.”
Looking ahead to the tie against Ipswich, Fryatt said: “It’s probably the hardest draw that we could have got at this stage of the competition.
“We played Northampton last season and they are a category three academy, whereas Ipswich are a category one and top of their league.
“It will be another great experience for the boys and also me as a manager to play against a side like Ipswich at a ground like Portman Road.
“We could have had a far easier draw at this stage but football is a funny old game and you never know. It will be another memorable occasion for everyone involved with the side.”
Goals from Joseph Taylor, Finley Howe, Mitchell Rasberry and Owen Gilbert saw Lynn come from behind at the interval to triumph at Hitchin Town.
“I think the lads will be the first to admit that we weren’t at our best in the first half and rode our luck a little bit at times,” admitted Fryatt.
“But in the second half there was only one team in it. The pitch was heavy and the grass was long but we coped with the conditions really well.”
Lynn under-18s were due to be back in action against their counterparts from March Town United last night in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League.