Match Report - Kings Lynn Town
Kettering Town FC: 0
Kings Lynn: 0
Kettering Town FC: 3
James Brighton 75
Wilson Carvalho 76
Wilson Carvalho 76
Will Grocott > James Brighton78
Elliot Sandy > Liam Canavan79
Ben Stephens > Rene Howe79
Kings Lynn: 0
IN A NUTSHELL:
After a pretty even first half and going in at the interval with a 43rd minute lead through James Brighton, the Poppies ran out comfortable 3-0 winners with a Wilson Carvalho brace in the 62nd and 80th minutes. It was a good all round team display and lead to the best away league win of the season to date.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
The only change in the 16 was that fit again Ollie Thorne replaced keeper Craig Hill on the bench.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
In what now seems common place there was quite a wind blowing down the pitch, and the home team had this advantage in the first half. The pitch was in very good condition,given the recent weather.
Ex Poppy David Bridges showed in the early stages for the Linnets as he saw a 6th minute shot deflected wide for a corner and then he met a cross from the right with
a good contact- but Kettering keeper, Paul Walker saved.
The home team kept up their promising start and leading scorer, Lee Stevenson fired wide.
It wasn’t until the 11th minute that Kettering ventured into the Linnets area, and Gary Mulligan headed forward but Rene Howe was caught offside.
A couple of minutes later, Kings Lynn had a great chance after a good move-but Liam Hurst’s shot was blocked by his own player as Dylan Edge could not get out of the way.
Kettering finally threatened on 15 minutes, and only a brave smother by keeper, Alex Street, prevented Gary Mulligan forcing his way through. A minute later Liam Canavan fired over from a central position.
A well timed tackle from home skipper, Sam Gaughran, just prevented Kettering’s James Brighton from going clear on goal and on 23 minutes Brighton did get clear only to go over at a challenge from keeper Street. The Referee deemed simulation and Brighton was yellow carded.
Back came the Linnets and Walker saved from Hurst’s shot on the right. Wilson Carvalho had started quietly- but his well struck 32nd minute corner from the left saw Mulligan head just wide of the far post.
The 35th minute saw an excellent Kettering chance. Good interplay involving Howe and Carvalho set up Brighton with a clear chance on the right- but the shot was delayed and well blocked by a defender. Brighton put a 40th minute free kick over the bar and at the other end, Walker saved from Bridges.
Kettering took the lead in the 43rd minute. Brighton was put clear again, this time down the left, and his shot came off Street and bounced into goal.
Finally in the half, Bridges lobbed over as Kettering went in a goal to the good.
Kings Lynn started the second half as they did the first- and put the Poppies under pressure with some attacking play as they pushed men forward.
On 52 minutes a flowing move saw a cross from the left well cleared by Dom Langdon and from the resulting corner Kern Miller headed narrowly over. Then Jordan Yong’s cross hit the back of the crossbar- but Walker was in control.
The Poppies went two up on 62 minutes. Canavan’s through ball sent Howe clear on the left,and he unselfishly squared the ball to give Carvalho an easy finish.
Soon Walker was called into action to save a left foot effort from danger man, Stevenson – but at this stage the Poppies seemed well in control.
It wasn’t until the 77th minute that the home team threatened again, as Stevenson fired over from 18 yards.
Three minutes later the game was finally sealed. Elliot Sandy, on for Canavan, was strong in the tackle and sent Carvalho towards goal. There was still a lot for Carvalho to do, but he took the shot early and fired in at the right post for a clinical
The final minutes for Kings Lynn saw Stevenson fire across goal and substitute Sam Mulready head over from a good position. For Kettering, Sandy saw his shot blocked. The Poppies now entertain Bedworth United at Latimer Park on Saturday 2nd January at Latimer Park – so please come and support your club for our holiday game.
Kings Lynn Town 0 - 3 Kettering Town
Attendance: 816 (Away fans estimated at 250)
Poppies man of the match: Liam Bateman