足總杯。國王林恩希望能夠超越斯蒂文尼奇,進入第三輪比賽

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足總杯。國王林恩希望能夠超越斯蒂文尼奇,進入第三輪比賽

通過進入足總杯第二輪,金恩鎮已經比凱威德林頓更勝一籌。

這對威德林頓家族來說是一個非常重要的時刻,因為凱的父親湯米是國家聯賽北區球隊的經理,弟弟西奧在中場踢球。

他急切地想在沃克斯球場支持球隊,儘管他必須在當天晚些時候在105英里外的Strictly工作室。

"我希望我可以在那裡,即使只是上半場,然後不得不離開去看Strictly,這可能會更加折磨人,因為我必須在去的路上在車裡看,"他告訴BBC Look East。

他告訴BBC "看東方","他們正準備這樣做。他們在聯賽中飛速發展,孩子們的勢頭很好。

"我是一個球迷,我願意他們上場--我聽說那裡會有超過3500人,而當我父親加入俱樂部時,只有500人,所以它只是顯示了一個良好的運行,真正讓球員們在一起,獲得友誼的作用。

在過去的幾周里,林恩國王隊的情況有點像坐過山車一樣--這也許並不奇怪,因為後衛亞倫-瓊斯也是大雅茅斯歡樂海灘的董事。

在第一輪比賽中,他們以1比0的比分戰勝了唐卡斯特流浪者,他們和斯蒂文尼奇一樣,都是在第二聯賽中比賽,到目前為止,他們在八場比賽中取得了七勝一平,排名聯賽第二。

但在上周末,他們在足總杯第二輪被淘汰,在停球時丟了一個由海默爾-漢普斯特德鎮門將克雷格-金打進的扳平球,然後在點球大戰中輸了。

"周一我們來了--這通常是一次輕度的恢復訓練,但我們的訓練強度還不錯。我想小伙子們想儘快從他們的系統中擺脫失望,"瓊斯告訴BBC諾福克電台。

"我們已經有了一個非常好的準備周,每個人都感覺已經準備好攻擊周末了。這是一個了不起的機會。在這個水平上,你有多少次可以不僅在國家電視上,而且在國際電視上比賽?

"我看到King's Lynn官方賬戶的推特或Instagram帖子,說我們在北京的這個時間,在珀斯的這個時間進行廣播,這讓你意識到我們得到的曝光率。

"除非你是去唐卡斯特的600多名林恩球迷中的一員,否則沒有人能夠看到它,但我們現在要在巨大的觀眾面前出現了。"

這只是國王林恩第二次進入第二輪比賽。他們在兩個賽季前做到了這一點,在6-1輸給2008年冠軍樸茨茅斯之前,他們在維爾港以1-0獲勝。

對手斯蒂文尼奇在2020年可能會失去英格蘭足球聯賽的地位,當時他們只是因為麥克爾斯菲爾德鎮被扣了17分而免於降級。

在過去的兩個賽季中,他們分別獲得了第14名和第21名,但現在,在經驗豐富的前羅瑟漢姆、利茲、彼得堡和吉林漢姆主教練史蒂夫-埃文斯的帶領下,他們在第二聯賽中僅次於東方萊頓,處於推動升級的絕佳位置。

他們最近在杯賽中也有很好的表現,通過點球大戰擊敗了當時甲級聯賽的領頭羊赫爾城,進入第三輪,並與斯旺西相遇,最終以2-0擊敗。

瓊斯希望他們與丹尼-斯科菲爾德的唐卡斯特 "有很大不同"。

"他們(唐卡斯特)不惜一切代價從後面打出來。我們設法在他們的防守三區和我們的進攻三區翻了不少球,然後導致了我們創造的機會,"這位28歲的球員說,他在美國踢了幾年球後,於2018年加入林恩國王隊。

"我認為我們在那場比賽中有14、15次射門,而他們只有4、5次。統計數據反映了這一結果,我想當時在比賽現場的人都會同意,比分本可以更舒服。"

瓊斯繼續說道。瓊斯繼續說:"就斯蒂文尼奇而言,到目前為止我們所看到的他們,我們知道他們很直接,我們知道他們在身體上很強壯,所以我們的比賽計劃將反映這一點。

"我不認為(本賽季)有一場比賽我們是由於缺乏努力而輸掉的。更衣室里有一種良好的文化,它是由優秀的人和優秀的領導者推動的,他們在比賽中已經有很長時間了。

"這是一個大舞台,但在我們的更衣室里有一些曾經在大舞台上呆過的人,我們會去那裡,給它最好的機會。"

威德林頓並不是國王林恩更衣室里唯一有名的名字。後衛克里斯蒂安-奧克斯拉德-張伯倫是利物浦和英格蘭中場球員亞歷克斯的弟弟。

但前鋒戈爾德-奧莫塔約--對陣唐卡斯特的比賽中獲勝者--肯-查爾斯和喬希-巴雷特可能是關鍵人物,因為他們希望能擊退史蒂文尼奇。

24歲的巴雷特在雷丁開始了他的職業生涯,在2016年5月對布萊克本流浪者的錦標賽比賽中首次在英足總首發。

他在考文垂市和奧爾德肖特的租借期間參加了三場足總杯比賽,自從2021年10月從布里斯托爾流浪者加盟國王林恩以來,已經為他們打進了12個球。

"喬希是一個特殊的人才。他在訓練中做的一些事情很荒謬,"瓊斯說。

"前幾天我們在玩一些小範圍的遊戲,有人把球夾過來,有人想用頭頂,但沒頂到,喬希就直接把球打進了上角。這就是他的能力。

"他曾在英冠聯賽的雷丁隊踢球,拿過大錢,但由於這樣或那樣的原因,他現在和我們在一起,我們非常感謝有他。我們會儘量讓他上場,讓他做他最擅長的事情,那就是讓球迷興奮。"

湯米-威德林頓知道一些大場面--他曾在20世紀90年代的英超聯賽中為南安普頓效力--他很樂意有機會與埃文斯進行對抗。

"史蒂夫(埃文斯)和我在很久以前就認識對方。我們在球場邊上是對手,我們作為經理一起做生意,在我們之間調動球員,"這位51歲的老人說。

"他有一個地獄般的足球生涯。我們可能會有一場比賽,看誰的聲音比對方大,因為那將是一場很好的爭吵。

"自從他在斯蒂文尼奇上任以來,他的工作非常出色。他很快就在那個俱樂部打上了自己的烙印。"

據兒子凱說,威德林頓 "吃、睡、呼吸着足球",在另一種生活中,他可能已經在球場上為他效力,但他在與足球生涯調情後選擇了舞廳而不是靴子室。

與AJ Odudu合作,Kai去年進入了《嚴格控制》的決賽。

做到這一點可能超出了林恩國王的能力,但他們希望儘可能延長他們的足總杯舞蹈。

"他們已經證明了自己。他們在上一輪對陣第二聯賽球隊時做到了,沒有理由他們不能再次做到,"凱說。

"這將是一場釘子戶。"

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By reaching round two of the FA Cup, King's Lynn Town have already gone one better than Kai Widdrington.

It's very much a family occasion for the Widdringtons, as Kai's dad Tommy is the National League North team's manager and brother Theo plays in midfield.

And he is desperate to be at The Walks to support the team, even though he has to be at the Strictly studio 105 miles away later in the day.

"I hope I can be there even if it's just for the first half and then have to leave for Strictly, which will probably be even more torture because I'll have to watch it in the car on the way there," he told BBC Look East.

"They're right up for it. They're flying in the league and there's great momentum with the boys.

"I'm a fan, I'm willing them on - I've heard there's going to be over 3,500 there and when my dad joined the club there were only 500, so it just shows what a good run, really getting the players together and getting that camaraderie can do."

It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for King's Lynn in the last few weeks - which is perhaps not a surprise as defender Aaron Jones is also a director of the Pleasure Beach at Great Yarmouth.

In the first round, they won 1-0 at Doncaster Rovers, who, like Stevenage, play in League Two, and they are second in the league with seven wins and a draw from their eight games so far.

But last weekend they were eliminated from the FA Trophy in round two, conceding a stoppage-time equaliser scored by Hemel Hampstead Town goalkeeper Craig King and then losing on penalties.

"On Monday we came in - it's normally a light recovery session but we trained at a decent intensity. I think the lads wanted to get that disappointment out of their system as quickly as possible," Jones told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"We've had a really good week of prep and everybody feels ready to attack the weekend. It's an amazing opportunity. How often at this level do you get to play not only on national telly, but international telly as well?

"I saw a tweet or Instagram post from the official King's Lynn account saying we're broadcast at this time in Beijing, at this time in Perth, and it just makes you realise the exposure we're getting.

"Unless you were part of the 600-odd Lynn fans that went to Doncaster, nobody got to see it, but we're now going to be in front of a huge audience."

It is only the second time that King's Lynn have reached the second round. They did so two seasons ago, winning 1-0 at Port Vale before losing 6-1 to 2008 winners Portsmouth.

Opponents Stevenage could have lost their English Football League status in 2020, when they were only saved from relegation by Macclesfield Town being deducted 17 points.

They finished 14th and 21st in the past two seasons, but now, with the vastly experienced former Rotherham, Leeds, Peterborough and Gillingham, manager Steve Evans in charge, they are second behind Leyton Orient in League Two and in a great position to push for promotion.

They also have recent cup pedigree, beating Hull City, then leaders of League One, via a penalty shoot-out to reach round three and set up a meeting with Swansea City, which ended in a 2-0 defeat.

Jones expects them to be "a very different proposition" to Danny Schofield's Doncaster.

"They (Doncaster) were very much play out from the back at all costs. We managed to turn over the ball quite a lot in their defensive third, our attacking third, which then led to the chances we created," said the 28-year-old, who joined King's Lynn in 2018 after several years playing in the United States.

"I think we had 14, 15 shots in that game compared to their four or five. The stats reflected the result and I think people who were at the game would agree the scoreline could have been a lot more comfortable."

Jones continued: "In terms of Stevenage, what we've seen of them so far, we know they're quite direct, we know that they are physically imposing, so our game plan will reflect that.

"I don't think there's been a game (this season) where we've lost through lack of effort. There's a good culture in the dressing room and it's driven by good people and good leaders who've been around the game for a long time.

"It's a big stage but there's people who have been on big stages before in our dressing room and we'll go in there and give it our best shot."

Widdrington isn't the only famous name in the King's Lynn dressing room. Full-back Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain is the brother of Liverpool and England midfielder Alex.

But forwards Gold Omotayo - the match-winner against Doncaster - Ken Charles and Josh Barrett could be the key men as they look to see off Stevenage.

Barrett, 24, began his career at Reading, making his first EFL start in a Championship game at Blackburn Rovers in May 2016.

He played in three FA Cup ties during loan spells at Coventry City and Aldershot and has scored 12 goals for King's Lynn since joining them from Bristol Rovers in October 2021.

"Josh is a special talent. Some of the things he does in training are ridiculous," said Jones.

"We were playing some small-sided games the other day and someone clipped the ball over, someone tried to head it but missed it and Josh just spanked it on the volley straight in the top corner. That's what he's capable of.

"He's played at Reading in the Championship, been on big money, but for one reason or another he's now with us and we're so grateful to have him. We'll try and get him on the ball as much as possible and let him do what he does best, which is excite fans."

Tommy Widdrington has known some big occasions - he played for Southampton in the Premier League in the 1990s - and is relishing to chance to pit his wits against Evans.

"Steve (Evans) and I know each other from a long time ago. We've been adversaries at the side of pitches, we've done business together as managers, moving players between ourselves," the 51-year-old said.

"He's had a hell of a football career. We'll probably have a competition to see who is louder than the other because that will be a good scrap.

"He's done a fantastic job since he's gone in at Stevenage. He's got his stamp on that club very quickly."

Widdrington "eats, sleeps and breathes football" according to son Kai who, in another life, might have been out there on the pitch for him, but he chose the ballroom over the boot room after flirting with a career in football.

Partnered by AJ Odudu, Kai reached the Strictly final last year.

Doing the same may be beyond King's Lynn's capabilities, but they want to prolong their FA Cup dance as long as possible

"They've proven themselves. They did it against a League Two side in the last round and there's no reason they can't do it again," said Kai.

"It's going to be nail-biting." • None Watch all of the latest FA Cup highlights and reaction here

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