King's Lynn progress in FA Youth Cup against Lowestoft Town
Under-18 King's Lynn Town manager Joe Simpson has paid tribute to his young charges after seeing them progress in the FA Youth Cup.
The young Linnets progressed in the FA Youth Cup with a 2-1 victory at Lowestoft Town, where Josh Overland and Louis Taylor found the back of the net.
Simpson said: "The boys will take a lot from the game. We came up against a very good side who gave us a real test so credit to Lowestoft and their staff.
"To go away from home on a Wednesday night and pick up that result is nothing short of tremendous.
"The boys had to show a different side to their game when under the cosh, they had to dig deep and find a way. I’m very proud of them.
"Even for a youth team we are very young, with only six second years, so like last night we will come up against sides this season that have more than us physically, so we need to find other ways of winning and use our weapons to the best of our ability.
"In the FA Youth Cup, you get a maximum of three chances as a young player, so the only target is to go as far as we possibly can and enjoy every occasion."
Meanwhile, Simpson is delighted to finally see the club get their National League campaign underway with a 6-2 victory over Alfreton Town at KES Academy.
On target for the young Linnets were: Joe Taylor (2), Charlie Royle, Hayden Lambert, Nico Costa and Alex Smith.
Simpson said: “This is a very high standard of youth football and every week, we are going to come up against top sides.
“The challenge for the players is to try and impose our personality and playing style on every team we come across. We know it’s a big test but one we are looking forward to”
Simpson added: “The academy as a whole has doubled in size this year and this means we will have two teams playing in a league format as well as a third team taking part in development fixtures throughout the season.
“It’s all a process of development and improvement. Do we want to win every game? Of course we do, it’s a good habit, however we have our principles and values to be maintained.
“We know how we want to play. We have some very good technical players and a very talented young group who will only get better as the season goes on.
“That’s the joys of being together every day and training full time.
“They are already a very close knit group and their improvement even in the last eight weeks has been nothing short of outstanding.”