Match Report - Kings Lynn Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

Kings Lynn Town: 0

Goals

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Brett Solkhon 45

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

Kings Lynn Town: 2

Goals

Adam Marriott 45
Sonny Carey 45

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions


Match Report

Despite Brett Solkhon's 87th minute goal, it was the home side that dominated this fixture after a string of fine save by Paul White. Second half goals from Adam Marriott and substitute Sonny Carey were the undoing of Nicky Eaden's side, before Solkhon gave the travelling fans some hope. Match report to follow.

King’s Lynn Town v Kettering Town

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 6thAugust 2019   7:45pm

 

 

 

King’s Lynn Town

 

 

Kettering Town

 1

 

Alex Street

 

 1

Paul White

17

 

Aaron Jones

 

 2

Javan Vidal

 3

 

Nathan Fox

 

 3

James Brighton       Off 55

 4

 

Chris Smith      

 

 4

Joe Skarz

 5

 

Ryan Fryatt  

 

 5

Sam Cartwright

 6

 

Rory McAuley       Off 76

 

 6

Michael Richens (Capt)   

 7

 

Michael Clunan (Capt)

 

 7

Lindon Meikle    

 8

 

Ryan Jarvis             Off 82   

 

 8

Aaron O’Connor      Off 76

 9

 

Michael Gash

 

 9

Daniel Nti     

10

 

Adam Marriott   

 

10

Joel Carta                Off 45

11

 

Chris Henderson   Off 76

 

11

Connor Kennedy            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

18

 

Jordan Richardson On 82

 

12

Luke Graham  

14

 

Sam Kelly          On 76

 

14

Brett Solkhon     On 76    

15

 

Alfie Payne      

 

15

Gary Stohrer      On 46     

16

 

Ryan Hawkins   

 

16

Marcus Kelly      On 55

19

 

Sonny Carey     On 76

 

17

Elliott Hodge

 

King’s Lynn yellow cards:  Nash. Johnson.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Kennedy

 

Referee: MatthewBuonassisi  Assistants: Lee Hartley and Joshua Crofts

With the teams having a widely different first day results the resumption of our rivalry with the Norfolk team would be a testing one. With Lynn suffering an opening 3-0 away defeat their players would be out to prove that they were good enough to compete at this level.  Kettering in contrast having battled for a win playing a man short for a third of the game would be looking to get something for the game.  Nicky Eaden played the same starting XI and bench as Saturday with Sam Cartwright’s suspension, following his red card, not coming into force until the away trip to Darlington. 

On an evening with perfect weather conditions, despite the afternoon showers, the pitch was watered by the integral sprinkler system on a very good looking playing surface. The teams swapped ends before kick-off with Kettering attacking the Tennyson Road end with the setting sun in the eyes of the home goalkeeper.  King’s Lynn kicked off in an all royal blue strip with yellow trim. Kettering were playing in their red and black home strip in a 4-3-3 formation.  Straight from the kick-off King’s Lynn attacked down Kettering’s right and ex-Poppy Nathan Fox an overlap fired a low hard cross into the box which Paul White had to get down quickly to cut it out before a lurking forward could pounce.

King’s Lynn lined up with quite a defensive line-up for a home team with five across the back with Fox and Jones operating as wing backs looking to take advantage of the wide pitch. Paul White was the busier of the keepers in the first ten minutes having to deal with several balls played back to him requiring to be cleared. On eight minutes a clearance from Alex Street was nodded on by Michael Gash for Adam Marriott to run onto down Kettering’s left.  James Brighton was caught slightly out of position but got back to block the cross sending it behind for Lynn’s first corner. It was taken quickly and the ball ended up with Fox on the edge of the box and his shot was deflected behind for a second corner which was headed clear by Joel Carta on the near post. Four minutes later a ball was played forward into Kettering’s box where Marriot managed to get in front of Javan Vidal. The forward crashed to the floor with no contact being made with the referee completely ignoring any penalty claims play continued and Mr Buonassisi penalised a Kettering defender for a foul awarding the host’s a free kick about five yards outside the penalty area but saw fit to take no action against Marriot who was clearly guilty of simulation as the referee did not award a penalty.  Marriott took the kick but having beat White saw his kick pass narrowly wide of the goal.

After the quarter hour mark the first flashpoint of the match appeared when Connor Kennedy made a strong challenge wide out by the touch line. The referee blew immediately for a free-kick but it did not stop four Lynn players mobbing the referee demanding the removal of Kennedy from the pitch. There ensued some handbags with some pushing and shoving but the outcome was just a yellow for Kennedy. 

King’s Lynn were clearly on top at this stage with attack after attack. A driving run by Marriot allowed him to feed Gash in space and his hard shot struck Kennedy and went behind for another Lynn corner which was partially cleared but sent back into the middle causing Paul White to grab a deflection off Brighton to prevent another corner. Two minutes later White had to be alert to chase down a ball forward from Gash for Marriot to chase. White slid in to reach the ball first and he hit the ball straight at the onrushing forward who could do nothing to control the ball only see it cannon behind for a goal-kick. Another two minutes and Kettering’s defence was opened up again this time by Jones down Kettering’s left with Brighton being caught out. A dangerous ball into the box was deflected behind for another corner which was taken deep to the far post. It was nodded back into the middle but a goal bound header was put behind for a third corner in quick succession by Carta. This one was cleared well by a firm punch by Paul White.

On twenty-six minutes a free-kick floated into Kettering’s area led to a clash of heads between Lindon Meikle and Javan Vidal. It looked serious and the referee had no hesitation in stopping the game and both Kettering’s and King’s Lynn’s physios raced onto the pitch to treat the players.  The prolonged treatment allowed the other players to take a refreshment break and Nicky Eaden to effect some tactical changes which resulted in Kennedy dropping back into a 5 man back line to enable the threatening overlapping wing-backs to be combated. 

Kettering were still under the cosh with the forwards unable to hold the ball onto the ball for any significant time to relieve the pressure on the defence. Paul white was called into action again and had to be alert again to leave his line and rush out to snuff out an attack from Henderson

As the game entered the final five minutes of the half a major turning point occurred. Daniel Nti found himself in possession wide out on Kettering’s left wing. He played a high ball into the box the tall figure of McAuley rose highest and headed the ball past his own keeper for an own goal only for the linesman to adjudge AO’C to be offside and interfering with play with the ball two feet over his head.  Kettering seemed to have been fired by this and Meikle made a penetrating run at goal being fouled 2 or 3 times before the referee had seen enough and blew his whistle and then promptly allowed Clunan to dictate where the kick would be taken from placing the ball some five yards from where the ball was when he blew his whistle.

Kettering managed to get through the remainder of the half and the two added minutes without conceding.

Half Time: King’s Lynn Town 0   Kettering Town 0

Kettering made one change at half time with Gary Stohrer replacing Joel Carta.

King’s Lynn were straight back on the attack and in the first minute Jones advanced down Kettering’s left he flicked the ball outside to the overlapping Clunan who crossed to an unmarked Marriot standing centrally about eight yards out. His on target header had to be tipped over for another Lynn corner which the defence dealt with. Three minutes later a long ball forward was nodded on by Gash to Marriot who easily turned past Kennedy but he mis-controlled the ball but fortunately it ran straight into the path of Henderson but his off-balance shot was straight at White.

It was seven minutes into the half when Kettering got something going. Brighton won the ball with a tackle deep in Lynn’s half and an exchange of passes between Stohrer and Nti led to Gary having a shot at goal which was an easy catch for Street.

Three minutes later Kettering made their second substitution with Marcus Kelly replacing Brighton. Surprisingly Stohrer moved to left back with Kelly playing in midfield. 

On the hour mark King’s Lynn won another corner which was delivered deep to the far post where Ryan Fryatt ran in unmarked luckily the centre back did not possess a forwards instincts and the ball bounced off him into White’s welcoming hands.  Three minutes later Fryatt was involved again this time picking up a yellow card for a foul on Stohrer.

With a little over twenty minutes to go King’s Lynn finally asserted their superiority by scoring. A free-kick from keeper Street was played forward to Gash who controlled the ball well and laid it off to Henderson who fed it out wide to Jones who was in acres of space due to Stohrer straying infield towards Henderson. Jones picked out the unmarked Marriott six yards out who had the simplest of headers to beat White. 1-0 King’s Lynn 68 minutes.

With just under fifteen minutes to go King’s Lynn made a double substitution swapping Sonny Carey and Sam Kelly for McAuley and Henderson while Kettering withdrew AO’C who’d had a tough evening battling against two centre halves who towered over him replacing him with Brett Solkhon.

Kettering had a short spell of pressure as King’s Lynn appeared to be suffering from the complaint Kettering displayed last season of starting to play deep after taking the lead. Kelly played a tempting ball into the box and with Solkhon closing in, Fryatt and Street showed a moment of indecision but the ball broke in their favour going behind for a corner. The corner was sent goal-wards by Richens’ header but straight at Nti who could not avoid being in the way with Fox close behind him.

With eight minutes left to play King’s Lynn doubled their lead. A throw deep in Kettering’s half was thrown to Sam Kelly who was tight on the goal-line he ran at Marcus Kelly and passed him with some ease. He picked out Sonny Cary unmarked on the edge of the box who side-footed the ball low into the corner of the goal. 2-0 King’s Lynn 82 minutes.

Kettering at last started to show some fight Brett chased a ball into the corner and fed it back to Javan Vidal who looped a cross towards the penalty spot where street came out and chose to punch rather than catch with Nti in close proximity. The ball was recycled by Kettering back out to Javan whose cross was met by Dan Nti who headed goal-wards Street leapt across and caught the ball but allowed the ball to be jarred out of his hands on landing. Lindon Meikle stabbed the ball back into the middle of the goal where Brett stretched a leg out between two defenders to force the ball home. 2-1 Kettering 86 minutes.

Kettering could not repeat one of their Houdini acts from last season and King’s Lynn played out the remaining regulation time and four added minute with no further threat on their goal. Pau white was not finished though and he had to make one final save after he miscued a clearance straight to Clunan who fed Gash whose powerful shot had to be parried away by Paul.

Full Time: King’s Lynn Town 2 Kettering Town 1.

After the first class display of resilience and grit on Saturday Kettering were produced a fraction of that performance. Paul White was the stand out player. Nicky Eaden tried to change things with formation changes but the side did not seem initially to deal with attacks and overlaps down the flanks or with Michael Gash. He was the sort of player that Kettering were desperately short of, on this display with AO’C being unlikely to trouble two defenders who towered over him. The manager will learn much about his side from the night and will hopefully address the problems exposed by a home side who wanted to impress their supporters after a disappointing opening day. 

King’s Lynn Town yellow: Fryatt – foul

Kettering Town: yellow: Kennedy - foul

Attendance: 1114

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Paul White.


Team Sheet

Location: Away (The Walks)
Kick Off: 06th Aug 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Brett Solkhon
Kings Lynn Town
Blue
Captain:
0 Adam Marriott
0 Sonny Carey