Under-pressure Linnets boss needs a result at Warrington

King’s Lynn Town manager Mark Hughes is under mounting pressure to get a result at the scene of one of the club’s greatest-ever days tomorrow.

The Linnets travel to Warrington – the venue of their Super Play-off victory back in 2019 – in the National League North.

Another defeat for Lynn could be unthinkable for the former Barnet and Chelmsford City midfielder following the club’s disappointing exit from the FA Cup on Tuesday night while they continue to struggle in the league.

King's Lynn Town boss Mark Hughes
King’s Lynn Town boss Mark Hughes

After leading the club to five successive wins in caretaker charge at the end of last season, Hughes has guided the club to just one win in 11 attempts this term.

Tuesday night’s cup exit to National League South was another bitter pill to swallow.

Aveley took the lead through the impressive Jon Benton midway through the first half and Matt Rush doubled the home side’s advantage 17 minutes into the second half.

Benton added a third goal for the hosts with a sublime free-kick before Rush added his second goal of the night six minutes from time.

After Lynn’s exit from the cup, chairmain Stephen Cleeve Tweeted: “Want to thank our fans for their support last night. I know it is tough at the moment but am doing everything possible to turn it around.”

Like Lynn, Warrington have had a number of injury problems of their own with last season’s leading scorer Josh Amis missing the beginning of the season having picked up a knee injury in a pre-season friendly.

Last month also saw the departure of attacking midfielder Luke Duffy to Macclesfield FC for a record fee.

Other Yellows’ casualties are defender Evan Gumbs (hernia), midfielders Matty McDonald (knee) and Jay Harris (groin) and striker Jordan Buckley (calf).

To add to their woes, forward Dylan Mottley-Henry, on loan from South Shields, was sent-off in Satursday’s 2-3 FA Cup defeat at home to Curzon Ashton.

Elsewhere this weekend, both Heacham and Downham Town are in home FA Vase action.

Heacham host Dussindale and Hellsdon Rovers while Downham Town entertain fellow Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Newmarket Town at the SCL Memorial Field.

Both sides are bidding to reach the first round proper.

“We are probably not going to get a better chance of reaching the first round,” said Heacham boss David Griggs.

“We know our opponents are in the league below but we won’t be taking anything for granted.

“It’s a big competition for club’s like ourselves at Step 5 and 6. It’s about turning up and hitting the levels we are capable of.”

In the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, Fakenham Town welcome Harleston Town to the Daly Group Stadium.