Match Report - Kings Lynn Town
Kettering Town FC: 1
Andy Gooding 22
Kings Lynn: 1
Ryan Fryatt 47
David Bridges 39
Kettering Town FC: 2
Nick Wright 64
Gary Mulligan 50
Saul Williams > Nick Wright61
Jevani Brown > Steve Kinniburgh89
Courtney Baker-Richardson > Justin Marsden90
Kings Lynn: 1
Conor Marshall 52
Jackson Ramm > Lee Stevenson66
Toby Hilliard > Liam Hurst66
Kern Miller > Sam Mulready71
In another tight game the Poppies took all three points in a 2-1 win, with goals from Andy Gooding on 17 minutes and substitute Nick Wright after 64 minutes.
The visitors equalised on the stroke of half time through Ryan Fryatt.
And it was wet!
With two games in three days, Marcus Law made two changes to the starting line up with Richard Bryan replacing Miles Smith, and Elliot Sandy started due to Brett Solkhon and Ollie Thorne unavailability.
Justin Marsden and Danny Harmon came in on the substitutes bench.
It was good to welcome back to Kettering’s ground ex-players, Gary Setchell, the visiting Manager, and David Bridges who was named in the Kings Lynn line up.
The pitch was soaked but playable, although the heavy rain necessitated the lines to be re-marked prior to the game.
Both teams changed their formations for this game with the visitors opting for three centre backs and two wing backs, which understandably took time to settle despite the Linnets forcing a couple of fruitless corners in the first ten minutes.
The first real danger came on 16 minutes as Jevani Brown showed excellent skill in turning on the left and his low cross failed to find a taker in front of goal.
Brown then tried to play in Andy Gooding but the pass was too close to Lynn keeper, Alexander Street.
The first goal came on 23 minutes through a well taken volley from Andy Gooding from the edge of the area. A good move saw Sandy’s cross deflect off a defender and Gooding’s technique was superb as his volley was low into the net.
Within five minutes the Linnets should have equalized, as Enol Ordonez made a hash of a clearance and the ball fell nicely for Jake Speight about 35 yards out. Fortunately for the Kettering keeper, Speight hurried the shot and was aimed straight back to Ordonez.
Kettering threatened again with Sandy’s downward header saved by Street.
Then another good chance on 37 minutes saw Courtney Baker-Richardson glance a header wide from Gooding’s cross after Sandy’s shot was saved.
James Brighton’s free kick was blocked by the wall and at the other end, Ordonez saved from Michael Clunan.
In the second minute of added time, Kings Lynn equalised. The Assistant awarded a soft free kick on the right and Jackson Ramm’s deep cross was firmly headed in at the far post by Ryan Fryatt.
The same 22 players resumed for the second half.
Kings Lynn began brightly when Jordan Yong fired wide via a good set up from Clunan.
The excellent Gary Mulligan took one for the team as he brought down an advancing forward and received a yellow card.
Sandy then got in a cross which bounced off Street and Baker-Richardson could not get to the loose ball.
Ramm got clear on the right but Brighton made a great saving tackle at the expense of a corner.
Marcus Law made his first change as Nick Wright was introduced in place of Saul Williams as the game flowed from end to end.
In a brief good spell for Lynn, Clunan forced Ordonez into a good save and Speight got in a good position but fired wide of the post before Ramm fired well wide.
Kettering responded as Sandy fired straight at Street before The Poppies took the lead again.
With the visiting defence scrambling back, Will Grocott crossed from the right and Nick Wright was unmarked a few yards out and the finish was easy.
Gary Setchell made three substitutions for the visitors and one of the substitutes, Liam Hurst, sent a measured cross from the right to the far post - but Speight headed wide.
On 80 minutes, Kings Lynn were caught pressing forward and Street made a good double save to deny Sandy and then Brown.
Four minutes later Brown’s cross was just too much for Wright.
There was late pressure from Lynn but the only real threat came after a shocking decision against Mulligan for handball after he headed away, but Clunan blazed the resultant free kick high over the bar.
Attendance: Thanks to the 618 who braved the rain!
Poppies Man of the Match, chosen by Peachey Loak: Andy Gooding
Klondike Result: For £130, ticket number: 0082, Winner: Brian Munton