Defender Ryan Fryatt returns to haunt King's Lynn Town in friendly
Ryan Fryatt returned to haunt his former club as Kettering Town inflicted King's Lynn Town's first pre-season defeat on Saturday.
Fryatt – released by the Linnets in May after making almost 350 appearances for the club – headed home a dramatic winner in the last seconds of an uninspiring clash at The Walks.
Lynn enjoyed plenty of possession, but couldn't make their superiority count in the final third of the pitch.
Manager Ian Culverhouse found plenty of positives despite the defeat, saying: “I thought we were very good between both boxes, but not good enough to create anything really.
"But what really pleased with the way we handled the ball and some of our movement in the first half was very good, especially in midfield and the rotation in there.
"We have got to peak on October 3 so good things have come out of it.
“The players out here I have good faith in them. We have to find different combinations and different ways of playing without those players and we will do.
"We have got really good weapons, we saw glimpses of that today when we got around the back of them. Now we have just got to flood the box a bit more because in midfield today we had three ball players and no one running no beyond the centre forward.
"But we have got players to do that so we have lots to work on – still two weeks to go and we will be ready.”
Both Archie Mair and Simon Power – Lynn's two Norwich City loan players – got their first taste of action of the summer.
Power played an hour of a feisty encounter, which threatened to boil over at times in the second half, while Mair replaced regular custodian Alex Street between the posts at the interval.
It was perhaps Power who had the best chance of the match for Lynn, being denied by a combination of the visiting goalkeeper and the post in the first half.
Culverhouse said: “It is only Simon’s second 45 and again you saw glimpses of what they can do and having those two in those areas we have got to get the ball into them as often as possible because they will cause the opposition problems.
“Archie has had his first taste of it – he will give great competition for all in there and that is what we need; we need competition all over the pitch and they will bring the best out of each other.”
King's Lynn Town: Street (Mair 46), Jones, Smith, McAuley (Fleming 70), Brown (Barrows 70), Jarvis (Carey 69), Richards, Clunan (Henderson 69), Power (Hawkins 59), Loza, Southwell (Kelly 69).