Southern League Premier Division
King’s Lynn Town 0
Kettering Town 3
King’s Lynn Town had a Boxing Day to forget as they were well beaten by Kettering Town at the Walks this afternoon.
James Brighton’s first-half goal and a brace from Wilson Carvalho after the interval saw The Poppies heap misery on Linnets manager Gary Setchell against his former club.
A crowd of 816 - Lynn’s biggest of the campaign by almost 200 - saw the home side enjoy the better of the early exchanges with David Bridges, Ryan Fryatt and Liam Hurst all going close.
But Kettering broke the deadlock two minutes before the interval when Brighton converted Liam Canavan’s pass with a deft finish after finding himself in acres of space.
Lynn started brightly after the restart with Dylan Edge just failing to get a final touch to Lee Stevenson’s cross and Kern Miller heading over from the resulting corner.
The Poppies doubled their advantage on the hour-mark when Jordan Yong played Howe onside and he set up Wilson Carvalho for a simple finish.
Lynn had a couple of efforts from Stevenson and a Sam Mulready header but any hopes of a late fightback ended with ten minutes remaining.
Substitute Elliot Sandy, who had been on the field for barely a minute, beat Miller and Carvalho bent the ball into the bottom corner as Lynn’s defence went completely missing.
Lynn: Street, R. Fryatt (Castellan 87), Yong, Miller, Gaughran (Mulready 79), Bridges (Smith 68), Clunan, Hurst, Edge, Stevenson, Hilliard. Unused subs: L Fryatt, Friend.
Booked: R. Fryatt, Gaughran.
Kettering: Kettering: Walker, Bateman, Carruthers, Solkhon, Langdon, Pepe-N’Goma, Carvalho, Mulligan, Howe (Stephens 83), Canavan (Sandy 79), Brighton (Grocott 70). Unused subs: Baker-Richardson, Thorne.
Booked: Brighton, Carvalho.
Scorers: Brighton 43, Carvalho 60, 80.