Added ‘buzz’ for Linnets as The Walks hosts FA Cup qualifying action

Ryan Hawkins has scored four goals in the FA Cup for King's Lynn so far this season Picture: Ian Burt

Ryan Hawkins has scored four goals in the FA Cup for King's Lynn so far this season Picture: Ian Burt

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Higher level opposition stand between King’s Lynn Town and the final qualifying round of the FA Cup at The Walks today.

National League North side Ashton United make the trip down from Greater Manchester, with £15,000 in prize money on the line for the winner of the third qualifying round tie.

The Robins sit in 14th place at step two of the non-league pyramid but face a Linnets team unbeaten in five under the new management team of Robbie Back and Neil Fryatt.

“Our main priority is of course the league and the FA Cup is a little distraction, but a nice one at that,” said Back.

“The players, supporters, even the backroom people get an extra buzz on a cup day and that will be the same on Saturday for sure.

“We would love to make it through another round and if we do we will then be 90 minutes away from a place in the first round proper – maybe the FA Cup final, you could say, for a non-league team.

“However it’s one game at a time and passing a formidable obstacle like Ashton will take a lot of hard work and endeavour from all lads during the afternoon.”

Lynn return to Evo-Stik Southern Central Division action when they host Stratford next Saturday, as they look to start climbing the table.

They face an Ashton side also in good form though, with three straight wins in all competitions, and will be without cup-tied new signing Chris Henderson. Lynn knocked out Eastern Counties Premier side Histon in a replay before beating Northern Premier team Stafford Rangers 3-1 at home in the last round.

“It’s step three versus step two, so if you fancied a flutter you would be going for them,” Back continued, speaking to Lynn’s website. “We are in for a tough afternoon against who I’m sure will be an imposing team, but once again for Neil and myself it will be all about what we do.

“We have picked our game up over the past few weeks but we still have an awful lot of work to do to get ourselves up to the level of performance where I feel we should be.

“There were very good in spells in the win over Banbury last weekend, but we were also a little sloppy with some of our passing.”

If the game is drawn the replay will be at Ashton on Tuesday.

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