King’s Lynn Town old boys still in dug-out for FA Cup clash

King's Lynn will be hoping Ryan Hawkins will be fit for the FA Cup tie against Stafford Rangers Pict

King's Lynn will be hoping Ryan Hawkins will be fit for the FA Cup tie against Stafford Rangers Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

Neil Fryatt and Robbie Back will be in the managerial hot-seats again on Saturday when King's Lynn Town aim to put some smiles back on the faces of their home supporters.

The Linnets have an FA Cup second qualifying round tie against Northern Premier Division Stafford Rangers - a welcome distraction from the league revival mission the caretaker managers have been landed with, but a game which, if successful, could well prove a spark the club needs.

Fryatt and Back were placed in temporary charge when Simon Clark was relieved of his duties after a poor start to the season, and owner Stephen Cleeve has refused to be rushed into finding his replacement.

While the Lynn stalwarts are not expected to be in the running for permanent roles, Cleeve will welcome the security they offer while he gets his next big decision spot on.

A big FA Cup replay win at Histon followed by last weekend's league 2-2 draw at Halesowen Town – when striker Harry Limb scored his first goal for the club – has steadied the ship.

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But the next piece in the jigsaw is a first home win of the campaign to brighten the mood of fans who are finally getting back 'onside' after the early-season disappointments.

'The smiles are back on the faces of the players and we hope we can do the same for the fans,' Back told the club's official web site.

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'We need all of the supporters fully behind the team and they can be our 12th man.

'We've done a little bit of homework on Stafford, but Neil and myself are more concerned about what we do in our dressing room.

'We've got home advantage and if the players can perform how they are capable of then we are capable of beating anyone on the day.

'It's a one-off game and anything can happen but it's a competition that excites players and fans alike.

'All of the squad are looking forward to Saturday's game as there is no better competition in the world to play in. Every footballer wants to have a run in the FA Cup.'

Michael Gash and Ryan Hawkins could be fit after suffered dead legs in recent weeks.

The winners will receive £9,000 in prize money – if the match finishes all square the replay will take place at Stafford Rangers' Marston Road ground next Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).

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