Parker hoping FA Cup triumph will ‘kick-start’ Linnets’ league campaign

Craig Parker scored during Lynn's 7-0 rout of Histon Picture: Ian Burt

Craig Parker scored during Lynn's 7-0 rout of Histon Picture: Ian Burt

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King’s Lynn Town midfielder Craig Parker believes the morale-boosting midweek FA Cup victory can kick-start the club’s Southern Premier Division Central campaign.

The Linnets head to mid-table Halesowen this afternoon with just four points from their opening six fixtures but buoyed by a 7-0 triumph at lower-level Histon on Tuesday.

Parker was on target on a night which featured a Ryan Hawkins hat-trick, a Toby Hilliard brace and a late strike from Nathan Stewart, with caretaker managers Neil Fryatt and Robbie Back now looking to build on that success with a good result in the West Midlands.

“We’ve got to take Tuesday’s result and performance into Saturday’s league game,” said Parker. “We know we haven’t done ourselves justice this season and the league is our bread and butter.

“The important thing is that we need to get some points on the board and start churning out a few wins. Football is all about momentum and confidence and hopefully the cup result can kick-start our season.”

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Halesowen are unbeaten at home and, like Lynn, have a home tie to look forward to in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The Linnets have injury concerns over a number of players going into the match, with Hawkins having limped off with a dead leg at Histon and Ryan Jarvis going off with a cut to his shin which needed stitches. Full-back Frazer Blake-Tracy also did not appear after the break because of a tight groin.

Caretaker boss Back said: “We need to start climbing up that league table and if we put in a performance like that, with that effort, we’ll hopefully came away from Halesowen with something.

“We just need to go there and get a result, start like we did on Tuesday night – it’s just confidence.

“These are very, very good players. The performances they’ve been putting in, they know they have not been good enough.

“The other night, yes we weren’t playing a step three team and fair play to Histon, I just thought we were on another level.”

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On Wednesday night, a busy Fryatt and Dan Buhlemann watched Lynn under-18s come from two goals down to beat Downham 6-2 and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

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