Intriguing cup clash as young Linnets host Heacham

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King’s Lynn Town U23s make their debut in the Norfolk Senior Cup tomorrow night when they host rivals Heacham at The Walks (7.45pm).The game is the pick of the third-round ties which sees all of the region’s sides in county action.Fakenham Town welcomes Isthmian League outfit Gorleston to Clipbush Park while Swaffham Town host Premier Division high-flyers Harleston Town.Downham Town make the trip to Mulbarton Wanderers.King’s Lynn Town Academy manager Alex Cross said: “We had the opportunity to play against numerous step 4 and 5 clubs in pre-season with a thought process around preparing the players for the season whilst also having this competition in the back of our minds.“We’re so pleased to have Heacham visiting. I’ve seen them a couple of times this season and they’ve done excellently to get to step 5.”They are relatively young and very physical which is what we will expect when we come up against them on Tuesday.”Considering this is the 23s first full season as a proper team after exploring with the hybrid approach last year, the players have done well with training load demands.”In the games we’ve been able to play our most recent league game saw us despatch Melton Town 6-2 after being 6-0 up at half-time.”It’s a great opportunity for all the players within the U23s. With the two varying styles the two teams will bring, it promises to be an exciting encounter.”Heacham boss David Griggs is looking forward to pitting his wits against the young Linnets.”Playing under the lights at the Walks is an exciting match for the club and the supporters,” he said.”It is great for the likes of Pagey (David Page) and Darren (Bailey) to see their club play there. We’ve come a long way in the last nine years.”I’m expecting a well-drilled Lynn u23s team with bags of talented youngsters. It promises to be a good evening for our lads, many of whom have probably played at the Walks before.”I’m sure they won’t let the occasion get the better of them.”

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