Wisbech derby winners King’s Lynn kick off campaign at home

Leon Mettam heads in the opening goal
Leon Mettam heads in the opening goal

King’s Lynn Town FC will kick off their 2016-17 Southern League campaign with a home game against Merthyr Town on Saturday, August 6.

The Linnets will host the Martyrs in a reverse of last season’s opening fixture between the two clubs.

Alex Clunan slots in the second goal

Alex Clunan slots in the second goal

Gary Setchell’s side will then travel to St Neots on the Tuesday (August 9) and then to newly-promoted Banbury United on the Saturday (August 13).

Local rivals Cambridge City will visit the Walks the following Tuesday.

Christmas sees a trip to Kettering on Boxing Day with St Ives visiting Lynn on January 2.

Lynn have been drawn away to St Ives Town in the First Round of the League Challenge Cup.

Lynn's Danny Setchell tackles Alfa Jalo.

Lynn's Danny Setchell tackles Alfa Jalo.

Ties to be played week commencing October 3.

King’s Lynn Town Reserves will kick-off their season with a trip to newcomers Framlingham Town on Saturday, August 6, followed by the visit of Team Bury the following Tuesday.

It appears that attacking midfielder Declan McAvoy has left the Linnets after a couple of friendly appearances.

A statement of the Yarmouth Town website reads: “Declan McAvoy has returned to Great Yarmouth Town and the club are delighted to have him.

Sam Gaughran challenges former Linnet Michael Frew.

Sam Gaughran challenges former Linnet Michael Frew.

“Declan made the choice to move to King’s Lynn to test himself, which the club gave their blessing for, but due to a change in his personal circumstances Declan has decided to return to the Wellesley.

“Declan will be returning as a non-contracted player and returns to a much changed Bloaters squad which has seen eight summer additions.

“Everyone associated with Great Yarmouth Town is delighted to have the big Scotsman back on our books.”

The management team commented: “Dec is a great character to have around, when offered the opportunity to have him back we snapped it up as he is a big player for us, both on and off the field.”

Tom McLeish keeps an eye on former Linnet Billy Smith.

Tom McLeish keeps an eye on former Linnet Billy Smith.

A goal in either half saw King’s Lynn Town run out 2-0 friendly winners against Wisbech on Saturday.

Alex Clunan, brother of Michael, notched his first senior goal for the Linnets and Leon Mettam opened his account since returning to Lynn in the close season.

Linnets goalkeeper Alex Street was involved in his first run out of the summer, while Wisbech’s Jack Friend, Michael Frew and Danny Beaumont all faced their former club at the Elgood’s Stadium.

Tonight the Linnets, who are without a friendly fixture on Saturday, travel to Grantham Town.