King’s Lynn FA Vase hotshot Harris does it again
King's Lynn's FA Vase talisman Robbie Harris labelled his extra-time match-winning brace as the most important goals of his career.
Harris had previously despatched both Norton and St Neots in this season's competition and completed his own personal hat-trick with two clinical strikes to finally kill off nine-man Rye.
'I was speaking to a few people beforehand and told them this was probably the biggest game of my life,' said Harris, who was only introduced at the end of 90 minutes with the game poised at 1-1.
'I won the league with Lynn back in 2004 and we had some big games. Beating Tonbridge at home springs to mind and the last game at Fisher, but this is definitely up there with that and the two goals are probably the most important I have scored.
'I don't know about getting used to this, but it's obviously nice to have an impact in a big game – whether starting or coming off the bench. No-one is happy to be on the bench but no player can expect to start every game. You just have to work hard and battle in training and hopefully the manager sees you doing everything right and when you get a start you then have to grab it with both hands.'
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Harris paid full tribute to the battling visitors.
'I wouldn't say we underestimated them and we prepared quite well but they still caught us a little by surprise,' he said. 'All credit to them because they could have folded when they had a man sent off so early and then to play extra-time with nine. You can't take anyone lightly in the last eight of a national competition.
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'It was a great game and a great atmosphere again because when we went 1-0 down they could have quietened down for us. We are obviously just glad to come through and be in the hat.'
Harris is under no illusions Lynn still have plenty of work ahead to reach Wembley.
'I don't really care who we get now but Whitley Bay seem to be the big favourites along with ourselves so you might want to avoid them,' he said. 'In saying that, if we want to win the competition the chances are we'll have to beat them along the way. If we draw them, so be it.
'It already it feels like an unbelievable season. We haven't achieved anything yet but we have set ourselves up for a great season and hopefully we can go on and get maybe one, two or even three of the four trophies we are fighting for.'