Ipswich Town test for King's Lynn youngsters
Youngsters from King’s Lynn Town Football Club face the biggest game of their fledgling careers tonight.
Lynn’s talented under-18 side travel to Portman Road to take on Ipswich Town in the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup.
It is the second successive season that the side have reached this stage of the competition.
And manager Neil Fryatt has likened the task facing his players to that of the first team taking on Leeds United on the footballing ladder.
Fryatt said: “It’s a massive ask for my young players, it will be like the first team playing Leeds United.
“As a player, if you are not looking forward to a game like this then you shouldn’t be involved in football.
“It doesn’t get any better to play a youth Football League team at a fantastic stadium like Portman Road.
“In your career as a player or a coach, these opportunities don’t come along too often, so I hope the young lads will embrace it and go out and enjoy themselves.
“I really hope the lads can go out and do themselves justice, just like they did against Northampton Town last season.
“They earned the right to play there last season and they’ve done exactly the same again this time around.
“I’m very fortunate that the lads have given me two nights like this as a manager and I’m very proud of what they’ve achieved.”
Lynn’s young guns have accounted for Mildenhall (3-1), Brantham Athletic (6-2), Bury Town (6-4) and Hitchin (4-3) for their chance to play the League One giants.
Fryatt hopes the experience of the 4-0 defeat to Northampton last season, where the scoreline was given a rather flattering look after conceding three goals in the final minutes, will stand the team in good stead.
“It should help them, but you have to remember that we are talking about young players,” he admitted.
“All I can ask is that my young lads can give it their all when they step out onto the pitch.
“Win, lose or draw, the young players of King’s Lynn have done very well to get to this stage of the competition for two successive years.”