BRAD WALKER believes continuing the FA Cup run will not hamper Wrexham's promotion challenge.

Sam Ricketts' side have beaten Harrogate Town and Weston-super-Mare to reach the second round of the competition, those wins coming during an 11-game unbeaten run which kept the Reds among the National League pacesetters.

Lincoln City defied the odds to reach the quarter-finals of the cup during the 2016-17 season, beating Brighton and Hove Albion and Premier League side Burnley before losing 5-0 to Arsenal in the last eight.

Not affected by their cup heroics, the Imps finished the campaign as National League champions and Walker, on loan from Crewe Alexandra until January, is chasing success on both fronts.

"I haven't had a cup run and what better chance," said Walker.

"We have got a home tie with Newport, a big game for the fans, for us, live on television.

"Go express yourself, hopefully do well and get through to the next round.

"You look at Lincoln a few years back, they got to the quarter-finals and had Arsenal away.

"Then they got promoted from the National League so hopefully we can do that."

Victory over League Two side Newport could lead to a potential money spinning third round tie and Walker believes Wrexham have got what it takes to progress.

"For the club itself it is massive financially if we get through to the third round," said Walker.

"Get a big team, it is a bonus for all of us.

"We have just got to keep doing what we are doing and the results will keep following."

Walker is keeping his fingers cross that he is included in the starting XI for tomorrow's game which is being televised live on BT Sport.

"I am going to do everything I can like I do every week to get in the team and hopefully I am," added Walker.