Mitchell keen to keep winning feeling
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn's new Rushden loan recruit Scott Mitchell insists the club must go all out for Setanta Shield success in tonight's first round tie against Blue Square North rivals Tamworth at The Walks.
King's Lynn's new Rushden loan recruit Scott Mitchell insists the club must go all out for Setanta Shield success in tonight's first round tie against Blue Square North rivals Tamworth at The Walks (7.45pm).
Linnets' boss Keith Webb is poised to blood some of his fringe players for the Lambs' cup visit.
Skipper Greg Crane is suspended while Ben Chapman and Mark Camm both picked up injuries during the club's first-ever Blue Square North win at the weekend over Fleetwood.
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Webb confirmed he will take no risks with his senior duo after defender Chapman was sent for a precautionary hospital check-up on his damaged shoulder.
Camm was also withdrawn with a dead leg but midfield ally Mitchell is confident Lynn can prolong that new found winning feeling.
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“The priority is always the league, of course,” said the 23-year-old, who is eligible for tonight's tie.
“But a club of Lynn's size should look to have a good cup run. It generates revenue and it's good for the players to try and test themselves against the big Conference clubs when they come into the competition.
“The lads put a lot of effort in on Saturday and we got our rewards. I look at the positive side of that and say we have now gone seven or eight unbeaten, rather than make an issue of the first win. Not many teams in the league can say that now.
“People maybe think this level is not the greatest standard but that is definitely not the case from what I've seen.
“That underestimates some of the football being played because I've come into the squad and been impressed by the amount of quality.
“I knew a few of the lads before I came here and I've no doubt a good few could play in the Football League.”
Mitchell made his Lynn debut in last week's goal less draw at Stafford after agreeing a five month switch from Blue Square Premier heavyweights Rushden & Diamonds.
The former Ipswich trainee is yet to feature at Nene Park after a summer move following spells at Peterborough and Livingston.
“I had no hesitation in coming here,” he said. “For various reasons it hasn't worked out at Rushden so far. I spoke to Keith a couple of seasons ago when I was up in Scotland.
“I'm also a good mate of Adam Smith's and when I knew he was signing it was an easy decision.
“You'll see more to my game when I get that fitness from playing. Central midfield is my favourite position. I can play centre back, left or right back as well - really I can do bits and pieces all over but I prefer midfield.
“I have a contract until the end of the season at Rushden.
“Whether or not King's Lynn wants me I don't know but if they did want me to stay longer that wouldn't be a problem for me.”
Lynn (from): Howie, Weaver, Chapman, Peters, Mitchell, Frew, Sedgemore, J Defty, Camm, Francis, Joachim, Bloomfield, C Defty, Fisk, Murray, Turner, Smith.
Club officials have confirmed normal admission prices apply for tonight's cup tie. Season tickets are not valid for Setanta Shield fixtures.
The tie will be decided by extra time and penalties, if required, should the sides be level after 90 minutes.