We're not beaten yet, insists Warren

King's Lynn skipper Mark Warren has warned the doubters to write off his men at their peril ahead of tonight's Southern League, Premier Division trip to Halesowen.

King's Lynn skipper Mark Warren has warned the doubters to write off his men at their peril ahead of tonight's Southern League, Premier Division trip to Halesowen.

Warren missed Saturday's below par goal less draw against Clevedon through suspension but the talismanic centre back insists Lynn's New Year revival is still on course.

"People can write us off - I'm certainly not doing that," he said. "We feel like we dropped two points at the weekend but I still believe automatic promotion is in our hands. We need to pick up a few wins and go on a run bit of run like we did earlier in the season. Then we'll have other teams looking over their shoulders thinking, 'King's Lynn are back on form'. We've still got games in hand - it's time to take advantage of those now and get ourselves back on the heels of the leaders.

"We went to Chippenham the previous week and won so you don't suddenly become a bad team overnight. It's virtually the same squad as earlier in the season. The manager picks his best eleven and its up to us to perform."


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Lynn edged out the Midlanders in the FA Cup third qualifying round but Warren is under no illusions Lynn face a stern task at the Grove.

Halesowen's new high profile managerial duo Martin O'Connor and Graham Hyde have overseen an impressive nine match unbeaten run.

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"It won't be easy," he said. "They've picked up a few results and the confidence will be high but we feel we can sneak it. At this stage of the season it's all about grinding out games. Pretty football isn't going to get us three points - it's about winning football."

Andrew Cave-Brown is doubtful after limping out of Saturday's home draw but Louis Blois is expected to travel.

Warren admits makeshift central defensive duo Greg Crane and Grant Cooper deserve to continue at the heart of the Linnets back line after a rare clean sheet.

"The manager has got an extra headache," he said. "Craney has come in and done well while Coops did likewise after missing a couple of games through injury. If selected, I'm ready to give it my best to get us going."

Halesowen wide man Alex Cowley is available for the Yeltz after serving a one match ban in the 1-1 weekened draw at Tiverton.

Warren is adamant Lynn have turned the corner despite Saturday's blip.

"I feel we're still going in the right direction," he said. "We'd played so well and then in the run up to Christmas nothing seemed to go right for us. The luck deserted the boys, we had problems scoring and it was just one of those patches. We've now strung a few results together and there's still a long way to go this season."

King's Lynn (from): Marshall, West, Blois, Cooper, Fisk, Cave-Brown, Warren, Camm, J Defty, O'Halloran, Notman, Nolan, Frew, Toms, Higgs, Crane, Melton, Harvey, C Defty.

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