King's Lynn Town without seven for Norfolk Senior Cup

Gary Setchell
Setchell is hoping to lead Lynn to their 21st Norfolk Senior Cup success

King's Lynn Town will be without seven first-team players for Friday's Norfolk Senior Cup final against Dereham Town.

A combination of illness, injury, suspension and the changed date for the fixture have limited the options of joint boss Gary Setchell.

Setchell told BBC Radio Norfolk: "We've had a good season with the reserves, and it will give them some experience.

"We've got nine first-teamers available out of the 16. It's unfortunate but we've still got big names playing."

The final at Carrow Road was initially planned for early April but Norwich City delayed the game until 10 May to preserve their home pitch.

But the fixture was shifted again when it was announced there would be a civic reception to celebrate the Canaries' promotion to the Premier League.

The Linnets will have midfield duo Kieran Doherty and Luke Thurlbourne available despite a Football Association charge hanging over their heads.

Three St Neots players reported to the FA that they were racially abused by the pair in a match on 16 April.

Both Thurlbourne and Doherty have denied the allegations and the charge of breaching FA rule E3, which relates to improper conduct or bringing the game into disrepute.

A hearing is expected in front of the Norfolk FA later in the month, in which the club will face a charge of breaching FA rule E20, which states that the club is responsible for the behaviour of players, officials, staff and supporters.

"Both players have said not guilty and they've got the backing of the club," said Setchell.

"We don't condone racism but until it's proven it's only an allegation."

Meanwhile striker Danny White, who recovered from viral meningitis earlier in the season, has been hit by a bout of tonsillitis.

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