Match Report - Kings Lynn Town

Match Report

IN A NUTSHELL: A goal down at half time due to a Dylan Edge goal on 8 minutes, the Poppies stormed back with a much better second half performance. Goals from Brett Solkhon after 67 minutes and Wilson Carvalho, 12 minutes from time, secured the three points. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Craig Hill replaced Paul walker in goal. Chris Carruthers was a late withdrawal with illness, and with Dom Langdon unavailable, Sam Smith injured, Rene Howe suspended and Callum Westwood facing a knee operation, Ben Bradshaw was added to the bench. Ben Stephens started in a 3-5-1 formation, and Spencer Weir-Daley reverted to the bench HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: The game started with the Linnetts playing like they�d had a great win at Frome on Saturday and Kettering like they�d had a bad home defeat. Kings Lynn signalled their intentions as they continually attacked down the right and from one cross Toby Hilliard tried a scissor kick and the effort was wide. But it was soon 1-0. From another right flank attack, Matt Castellan�s cross found Dylan Edge in space and his first time right foot volley gave Craig Hill no chance. The home team seemed to be in total control as Kettering looked decidedly lacking in confidence and struggling to find any rhythm at all. James Haran�s 21st minute free kick was taken easily by Lynn keeper, Alex Street and it wasn�t until the 24th minute that Kettering posed any threat- but Wilson Carvalho�s cross was taken by Street. In the next minute, though, Kettering could have and maybe should have equalized. Carvalho�s persistence on the right saw him lay the ball to Liam Canavan, but his low drive was well saved by Street. Canavan screwed the loose ball wide. Unfortunately the injury hoodoo struck again with Ben Stephens leaving the field after 29 minutes with what looked like a groin problem. Nathan Hicks was the replacement. Keeper Hill then almost gave away a stupid goal. Running out of his area on the right, his poor clearance found Edge and the shot from 40 yards out at the unguarded net drifted just wide of the left upright. Kettering began to get slowly into the game and just before the break created two more chances. Canavan set up Anthony Howell a few yards out- but only he will know how he failed to get in a shot on goal. Finally, Bateman�s cross from the right almost found Canavan, and as the ball fell to Brett Solkhon he saw his shot blocked. Half Time: Kings Lynn Town 1 - 0 Kettering Town Spencer Weir-Daley was on at the start of the half replacing Liam Canavan up top, with Canavan reverting to midfield in place of the substituted Howell. The kick off saw Kaid Mohammed fire direct at goal and the shot was wide. Kings Lynn were soon in their stride and Lee Stevenson�s left foot shot was well wide and a speculative Edge shot drifted wide. Stevenson tried again but fired into the car park. Kettering began to get a grip on midfield all of a sudden with Solkhon and Canavan showing up well. Unfortunately three hard-won free kicks were all lofted into the arms of Street. Weir-Daley�s left foot shot was wide of the right post and home striker Jacek Zielonka also created space, coming in from the right- but his shot flashed wide. Gary Mulligan had been solid all game, and made a vital interception on 65 minutes to prevent any chance on goal. The Poppies equalised after 67 minutes. Liam Bateman found good space on the right after a set piece. His cross was headed on by Mulligan and Solkhon�s rocket header from 10 yards flashed past Street. The confidence suddenly came back for Kettering and almost immediately Weir-Daley saw his left foot shot deflected over the bar. Bateman was soon in action again on the right as he sent Weir-Daley off and the cross was just in front of Canavan�s lunge with the goal gaping. Kettering were going for it now and on 77 minutes Street somehow saved from Weir-Daley as the striker went for goal and from the rebound Mohammed�s shot was cleared off the line. Not to be denied,Kettering went ahead in the 78th minute. Weir-Daley was sent clear on the left and his cross was stabbed in by Wilson Carvalho. The last 15 minutes saw Kettering consolidate and as the Linnets pressed towards the end, Mulligan got in another telling defensive header; Dan Quigley headed over from a corner kick and Hill had to be sharp off his line to spread himself and save from Edge. Full Time: Kings Lynn Town 1 - 2 Kettering Town Attendance: 724 (Poppies fans estimated at 150) Poppies Man of the Match: Gary Mulligan Team line-ups: Kings Lynn Town: 1 Alex Street 2 Matthew Castellan 3 Jordan Yong 4 Sam Gaughran (Captain) 5 Gary Mills (12 Eoin McQuaid,59) 6 Dan Quigley 7 Michael Clunan 8 Lee Stevenson 9 Jacek Zielonka (15 Jack Frohawk 85) 10 Dylan Edge 11 Toby Hilliard Subs unused: 12 Alex Clunan 16 Tom McGleish 17 Luke Pearson Yellow Cards:Yong,57;Castellan,66;Zielonka,73. Kettering Town: 1 Craig Hill 2 Liam Bateman (16 Jordan Wilson,88) 3 James Brighton 4 Brett Solkhon (Capt) 5 James Haran 6 Gary Mulligan 7 Wilson Carvalho 8 Anthony Howell (15 Spencer Weir-Daley 46) 9 Liam Canavan 10 Kaid Mohamed 11 Ben Stephens (14 Nathan Hicks,29) Subs Unused: 12 Ben Bradshaw 17 Paul Walker Yellow cards: None

Team Sheet

Location: Away (The Walks)
Kick Off: 29th Aug 2016
Kettering Town FC

1 Craig Hill
2 Liam Bateman
3 James Brighton
4 Brett Solkhon
5 James Haran
6 Gary Mulligan
7 Wilson Carvalho
8 Anthony Howell
9 Liam Canavan
10 Kaid Mohamed
11 Ben Stephens
12 Ben Bradshaw
14 Nathan Hicks
15 Spencer Weir-Daley
16 Jordan Wilson
17 Paul Walker
Kings Lynn Town

1 Alex street
2 Matthew Castellan
3 Jordan Yong
4 Sam Gaughran
5 Gary Mills
6 Dan Quigley
7 Michael Clunan
8 Lee Steverson
9 Jacek Zielonka
10 Dylan Edge
11 Toby Hillard
12 Alex Clunan
14 Eoin McQuaid
15 Jack Frohawk
16 Tom McLeish
17 Luke Pearson