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King's Lynn Town face Dover Athletic test in FA Trophy

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King’s Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse says his side have nothing to lose this weekend in the FA Trophy.

The Linnets entertain National League outfit Dover Athletic in the First Round Proper tomorrow in a tie that will be played to a finish with extra-time and penalties, if needed.

Despite leading the way in the National League North standings, Lynn will go into the cup tie as underdogs with the Whites operating at the level above.

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse (6802235)
Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse (6802235)

Culverhouse said: “We’re under no illusions how hard it is going to be. Dover are a very good side who are managed really well by Andy Hessenthaler.

“We know how hard it is going to be, but we’ll go out and give it a real go. It’s a one-off game and we’ve got nothing to lose.”

The Linnets, who have kept four successive clean sheets, will again be without injured defenders Ryan Fryatt and Chris Smith while fellow centre-half Tom Ward is cup-tied.

It is hoped that midfielder Sam Kelly may feature after missing last weekend with groin strain.

“Every question that is being asked of these players, they are answering at the minute,” admitted Culverhouse, whose side will be looking to extend their nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

On the other side of the coin, Dover skipper Kevin Lokko, a former Norwich City Academy player, has described the clash as a massive game for the Whites who have lost their last three in all competitions.

The centre-half, just back from an ankle injury, said: “We’ve got to get our confidence back, we need to get that winning feeling back, whether we do that with friendly matches or through the FA Trophy we’ll approach it properly and take it seriously.”

The Whites have been as high as fourth in the league this season but are now down to 15th (six points off the play-offs but also six off the bottom four).

Dover have struggled to win at home with two league wins from 13, but are excellent away with seven successes, a draw and two defeats in ten outings.

Ten-goal top scorer Inih Effiong is likely to be ruled out by a knee injury and in his absence they have struggled for goals.

Ricky Modeste, with four, is the next highest scorer with everyone else on one, including the other main striker, Steven Rigg, who arrived during the summer from Gateshead.

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