King's Lynn Town goalkeeper would love an extended stay in the FA Cup ahead of trip to Leek Town
Alex Street was still at school the last time King’s Lynn enjoyed a prolonged run in the FA Cup – when they reached the second round proper at home to Oldham back in 2005/06.
Now the long-serving goalkeeper wants to get an extended taste of the competition himself as the Linnets prepare for a third qualifying round tie at Leek Town tomorrow.
Street, who has twice reached the final qualfying round during his ten years at The Walks, said: “I remember watching Lynn play Oldham around my friend’s house.
“You get such a buzz from watching it and seeing 5,000 in the stadium. You always dream that one day it could be you.
“As a player I’ve always wanted to get to the first round proper. You aspire to be part of a televised game in front of a big crowd.
“I’ve twice reached the fourth qualifying round, so it would be nice to go at least one step further this time around. It would be another thing to tick off the list.”
The Linnets will start off as warm favourites against Leek Town, but Street is taking nothing for granted going into the tie.
“They’ve had some good results this season and we’ve got to go there and do a professional job.
“We had a tough draw against Alfreton in the last round and it will be tough again on Saturday.
“You never want to lose to a lower-league team. You always get one or two underdogs beating one of the bigger teams and we’ve just got to make sure that it isn’t us.
“York did a good job on us last weekend and they were so much better than us defensively. We want to bounce straight back and put on a performance.”
Tomorrow’s hosts currently top the Betvictor Northern Premier League Division One South East and have the novelty of home advantage having been drawn away in their three previous rounds.
So far, they have accounted for AFC Wulfrunians 1-0, Whitchurch Alport 2-0 and Boston Town 4-0 to get to this stage, picking up £14,140 prize money in the process.
The Blues’ 26 goals have been shared between eight players, although the long-serving Tim Grice leads the home side’s tally.
Grice registered his 180th goal against Worksop last weekend and has made more than 335 appearances for the Blues, including a goal against Lynn in their only visit to Harrison Park back in December 2012.
The Linnets drew the game 1-1 and Ryan Fryatt, who could miss out with a knee injury tomorrow, is the only current member of the Lynn team who played that day.
Midfielder Ryan Jarvis is also doubt for the trip to Staffordshire with a slight groin strain.
Tomorrow’s winners will pick up a cheque for £11,250 while the losers will receive £3,750.
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