King’s Lynn Town fans can be 12th man in promotion chase, says Ryan Hawkins
Ryan Hawkins believes the unique atmosphere on big match days at The Walks can push King’s Lynn Town to promotion.
The Linnets – and opponents Hereford – rewarded a season home best crowd of 1,181 with an enthralling clash between two of the title favourites. Lynn, two down at the break, battled back to win 3-2 with Toby Hilliard’s injury-time winner raising the roof.
“This is a tough place to come,” said Hawkins, who, on his 23rd birthday, made it 2-2 after Michael Gash had reduced the arrears at the start of the second half.
“Everyone who comes here says it is a tough place to come. Obviously we have a massive fan base and they help us massively, the atmosphere is brilliant so hats off to them.”
Lynn boss Ian Culverhouse’s prime objective is to win in style, and Lynn delivered against Hereford.
Hawkins said: “Fans want to see the best football and we want to play the best football, but you can’t always play it because of the pitch, but we played the football tonight on a half decent pitch and it shows the fans appreciate it.
“As a whole we do everything to get three points. We played really well and the momentum of the crowd was massive.
“It is like a 12th man on the pitch.
“I we stay up there more people will want to come and watch us – we want to go up, the gaffer wants us to go up, the players do and with all these people watching it helps a heck of a lot.”
The win – Hereford’s first league defeat away from home since August 2015 – saw Lynn return to the top of the table, but it’s tight: Kettering are two points behind with a game in hand, Weymouth are three behind Lynn from a game more and Hereford are four off top spot - but with four games in hand.
Hereford’s second just before half-time might have prompted a half-time barrage in the dressing room, but Hawkins insists all remained calm.
“He just said we conceded two sloppy goals, from switching off, but he just said if we kept playing, shortened the game up, kept the ball a bit more then the football would do the talking,” Hawkins added.
“He said we were not out of the game and that the next goal was vital, and we got it, and we got a second and we got a third.”