Rare home comfort for Linnets in Cup

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins hopes a long overdue home draw can spark another memorable FA Cup adventure after landing a second round qualifying tie against Unibond Premier Worksop.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins hopes a long overdue home draw can spark another memorable FA Cup adventure after landing a second round qualifying tie against Unibond Premier Worksop.

Lynn host the Tigers on September 27 in their first Walks' opener in the world famous competition since beating Deeping back in 2002.

The Linnets lost to Worksop at the same stage the following year in a 4-1 replay defeat after Dave Staff and Chris Bacon salvaged a draw in the original tie.


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Worksop hammered league rivals Marine 5-1 to book their place in the next round and boast a recent league win on their travels at Lynn's demoted neighbours Boston United this season.

“We're very happy to be at home - that's the first thing,” said Bobbins. “I'd like to think we'll get a very good crowd as we have a bit of a break now following three on the trot. We certainly won't underestimate them. It's a case of showing them respect, but being ready on the day. I wasn't at the club when we played the previous games so I don't know too much about them. What I do know is every team in the competition fancies they can be the one to go on and have a run. It doesn't matter whether you are in the league above or below. Every year throws up strange results.”

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Bobbins insists the club will go all out to emulate the 2006 giant killing run to the second round proper that ended in eventual televised defeat to Oldham.

“Clearly the league is our priority but that was fantastic,” he said. “It would be lovely to sample something similar like that again. It was a magical time - not just for the club and the people within it but the whole town. When you think how many we had in the ground that night it proves what the competition is all about and what it means. Will all due respect to the teams in the competition at this stage if the draw is kind then you never know what can happen. Millwall got to the final a few years ago without facing a Premiership club so anything is possible.”

Ridgeons Premier Wroxham also earned a home tie against either Ryman Premier Heybridge Swifts or lowly Southern League Division One South and West Uxbridge. Damian Hilton's men booked their place in the next round with a 4-3 stoppage time win at Grantham on Saturday.

Club officials have already announced plans to change the original date of the tie as the club have a function at Trafford Park booked for September 27.

The Yachtsmen's best recent run in the competition came in 2005 when they lost a third qualifying round replay to Aylesbury. Potential opponents Heybridge and Uxbridge replay tonight after a 1-1 draw at the weekend. Winning clubs in the second qualifying round receive £4,500 in prize money.

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