Match Report - Kings Lynn Town
Kettering Town FC: 0
Kings Lynn Town: 0
Kettering Town FC: 1
Aaron O Connor 62
Kings Lynn Town: 1
Tom Ward 67
IN A NUTSHELL: It was a poor game for the holiday crowd to witness,and defences largely dominated. Each keeper only had one shot each to save and it was a surprise when both teams scored within 5 minutes of each other. Aaron O’connor’s excellent volley opened the scoring in the 63rd minute and new signing Tom Ward equalised for King’s Lynn in the 68th minute with a well placed header.
THE KETTERING SQUAD: James Haran was out with illness and Brett Solkhon returned after illness. Nathan Hicks started at right back and Liam Canavan started in midfield with Paul Malone dropping to the bench.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: The pitch was quite heavy as the game started in a swirling wind but in pleasant conditions. Whilst it was an industrious start, neither team got near to goal in the first 10 minutes. The Linnets forced two corners on the left with Tom Ward flicking a shot over from the first and the second the same player headed well over the bar. Kettering’s first real foray saw Nathan Hicks fire on target from around 23 yards but Alex Street was in a good position to save. Lynn cleared a 16th minute home corner and a few minutes later Rene Howe’s cross was well defended for a corner with Aaron O’Connor lurking. The Poppies survived a four on one break as they lost the ball at a set piece. Somehow the one home defender, Dom Langdon, and keeper Dean Snedker snuffed out the danger as the visiting attack hesitated. A free kick was conceded, however, and Lee Stevenson’s effort was blocked by the wall. Kettering had a bit of pressure and Hicks fired off target before Howe’s shot was deflected wide. The visitors forced another couple of corners- both cleared and Sam Warburton had an opening but shot poorly wide. The final effort of the half saw Wilson Carvalho come in from the left to shoot- but the effort drifted wide.
Half Time: Kettering Town 0 - 0 Kings Lynn Town
The second period was distinctly slow to get going.It wasn’t until the 57th minute that anything happened. Howe forced his way through and the shot was deflected wide for a corner. The restart saw the ball find its way to Langdon and Street, under pressure, came out to take the cross well. Michael Clunan’s 62nd minute free kick was high over the bar and in the next minute the Poppies went in front. O’Connor met a clearance with a superb first time volley in off the bar giving Street no chance. From the restart,Clunan shot direct at goal with Snedker making his only save, as he dived to stop the shot and picked up the loose ball. Kings Lynn equalised in the 68th minute. A free kick into the area was not fully cleared and the cross from the left was met by Ward, who scored with a well directed header past Snedker. Almost immediately Kettering got forward and O’Connor’s shot was blocked. Just as it seemed he was getting in the game he was replaced by Matthew Barnes-Homer. In fact both teams eventually brought on their full allocation of substitutes to try to pep up their performances. Kettering had a sniff of goal in the 71st minute as Street came off his line to kick clear. The clearance- a poor one- fell to Liam Canavan but his shot towards goal lacked power and Jordan Young cleared from the six yard box with Street stranded. On 74 minutes Barnes-Homer saw an opening but his chip was straight into the keeper’s hands. Ryan Hawkins replaced Toby Hilliard for the Linnets and only a great last ditch tackle by Langdon prevented the striker getting in on goal in the 83rd minute. Try as they may- neither team could get anywhere near a winner. Kings Lynn wasted a good break;Howe saw an on-target shot well and finally Clunan failed to test Snedker as he saw a chance. A draw was really not what either team wanted- both in mid table and both looking to move up the table.
Kettering now visit improving Cambridge City next Monday 2nd January and the entertain Basingstoke Town on Saturday 7th January in our ‘SHOW YOUR SUPPORT DAY’ – Please bring your friends and family!
Full Time: Kettering Town 1 - 1 Kings Lynn Town
Poppies Elgoods Brewery Man of the Match: Dom Langdon
Klondike (£150) Number : 12574 Winner: Colin West
Line-ups: Kettering Town: 1 Dean Snedker 2 Nathan Hicks 3 Dom Langdon 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Lewis Hornby ( 12 Jack Kelly,76) 6 Gary Mulligan 7 Wilson Carvalho (16 Jordan Wilson,82) 8 Aaron O’Connor (14 Matthew Barnes-Homer,70) 9 Rene Howe 10 Liam Canavan 11 James Brighton
Subs Unused: 15 Paul Malone 17 Paul White
Yellow cards: Solkhon,61;Howe,72;Kelly,81.
Kings Lynn Town: 1 Alex Street 2 Ryan Fryatt (12 Leon Mettam,67) 3 Jordan Young 4 Sam Gaughran (Captain) 5 Tom Ward 6 Shaun McWilliams (16 Lee Smith,59) 7 Michael Clunan 8 Lee Stevenson 9 Toby Hilliard (14 Ryan Hawkins,75) 10 Kurtis Revan 11 Sam Warburton
Subs Unused: 15 Jacek Zielonka 17 Dan Emmington
Yellow Card: Hawkins,77