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King's Lynn Town prepare for visit of Kettering Town in National League North

King's Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse says that midfielder Sam Kelly has a massive part to play in the club's first season back in the National League North.

Huntingdon-based Kelly – a summer arrival from Billericay Town – was surprising left out of Lynn's starting XI against Guiseley on Saturday.

On the omission of midfielder Kelly, who replaced Ryan Jarvis midway through the second half in Yorkshire, Culverhouse said: “He took it well being left out.

Sam Kelly tries his best to make an impact after coming on. (14748522)
Sam Kelly tries his best to make an impact after coming on. (14748522)

“He’s not quite right at the moment, but he’s going to be a great player for us and cause other teams plenty of problems.”

Culverhouse also revealed that the Linnets did well to get a full half out of Rory McAuley in their league opener.

"Rory did ever so well to last 45 minutes as he had a sickness bug,” revealed Culverhouse.

“He was out on his feet at half-time so we had to change it."

Meanwhile, Guiseley’s joint boss Russ O’Neill was complimentary about the Linnets’ performance at the weekend.

O'Neill said: “I think we beat a very good team today – they had a long journey and they caused us a lot of problems.

“Every time they changed shape we stood strong and I’m really happy with the three points and clean sheet."

The Lynn chief has urged Linnets supporters not to be despondent about the Guiseley result as they prepare for a huge home derby against Kettering Town tomorrow night.

"It doesn't matter how well we did last season, this was was going to be a tough one for us coming here," said Culverhouse.

"They are an established side who have been in the Conference as well, so they've got a little bit of history about them.

"The players are down in the changing room as this group are not used to losing. They've got to swallow it a little bit and taste it and they don't like the taste.

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"This early part of the season is about us finding our feet at this level, but, home or away, we'll give it a right go.

"We want the town fully behind us and fans shouldn't be too despondent. We''ll take the season in blocks of ten games and see where we are."

Tomorrow night's visitors Kettering Town – winners of the Southern League Central Premier Division last season – got their campaign off to a winning start on Saturday by beating AFC Telford 2-1 at Latimer Park.

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