Southern Premier Division Kettering Town 2 King’s Lynn Town 1
King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell’s return to his former club ended in defeat as Kettering Town claimed the Bank Holiday spoils at Latimer Park.
Linnets defender Ryan Fryatt cancelled out Andy Gooding’s opener for the hosts going into the break before Nick Wright climbed off the bench to clinch the three points for the hosts in the second half.
The Linnets made three changes to the side which started the home game against Paulton Rovers on Saturday.
Striker Toby Hilliard was handed his first full start at the expense of Lee Stevenson while both Sam Gaughran and David Bridges returned to the side with Liam Hurst and Sam Mulready dropping to the bench.
An early chance for the Linnets saw Jackson Ramm whip in a cross from the right but the hosts cleared the ball for a corner with Jake Speight looking to pounce at the far post.
As the rain continued to pour it was Lynn who looked to gain the early initative.
After a promising start it was the Poppies who almost took the lead in the 15th minute when Jevani Brown’s cross flashed across the face of goal with Courtney Baker-Richardson waiting to slide in.
Kettering took the lead in the 23rd minute when Elliot Sandy’s centre found Andy Gooding unmarked at the far post and the midfielder volleyed home.
The Linnets missed an ideal opportunity to level matters in the 32nd minute when a poor kick from Enol Ordonez fell straight at the feet of Speight but the frontman hit his effort straight back at the Kettering shotstopper.
Ten minutes before the break, Sandy directed his header straight into the arms of Street after an excellent cross from Brown.
The home onslaught continued and five minutes later Street saved with his legs at the feet of Sandy before Baker-Richardson glanced a header wide a few seconds later.
Lynn levelled matters right on the stroke of half-time after a Michael Clunan free-kick on the right was met by the head of Ryan Fryatt in the box.
Lynn started the second period well and almost took the lead with their first attack of the half.
A loose ball fell to Jordan Yong, making his 200th appearance for the club, and the defender’s volley whistled just wide of the target.
Midfielder Michael Clunan tried his luck from just outside the box and Speight fired wide on the turn as Lynn continued to grow in confidence.
Kettering introduced Wright into the action and it took less than five minutes for the substitute to make his mark on the contest.
Lynn were ball-watching in the box and Wright was allowed all the time and space in the world to convert Will Grocutt’s centre with almost his first touch of the game.
Setchell used all three of his substitutes in an effort to try to get back in the game.
But it was Kettering who looked like adding to their tally with Street pulling off a breathtaking triple save to deny Bake-Richardson and Brown (twice) before the offside flag came to Lynn’s rescue.
Kettering (4-1-3-2) : Ordonez, Grocott, Brighton, Langdon, Bryan, Mulligan, Baker-Richardson (Marsden 90), Gooding, Sandy, Brown (Kinniburgh 90), Williams (Wright 61). Subs not used: Harmon, McAlindon.
Goals: Gooding 23, Wright 63.
Bookings: Gary Mulligan.
Lynn (4-4-2): Street, Ramm (Hurst 65), Yong, Miller (Mulready 71), Gaughran, R. Fryatt, Clunan, Marshall, Speight, Hilliard (Stevenson 65), Bridges. Subs not used: Zielonka, L. Fryatt.
Goals: Fryatt 45.
Bookings: Bridges, Marshall.
Referee: David Avent.