King's Lynn Town Under-21s open up with slender defeat in Thurlow Nunn First Division North
Missed chances proved costly as King's Lynn Town Under-21s opened their Thurlow Nunn First Division North season with a 1-0 defeat against Framlingham on Saturday.
The young Linnets, who had three 16-year-olds in their line-up, dominated long periods of Saturday's clash at their new home of the Memorial Field but were made to pay the price for squandering lots of opportunities in front of goal.
Manager Joe Simpson said: "It was pleasing to see us take the game to Framlingham and playing without fear, but if you force a goalkeeper into making eight saves and don't score then you are not going to win a game of football.
"That was the difference on the day, they were more clinical in both boxes when it mattered. We switched off once and got punished for it.
"Framlingham will know that they've been in a game and their manager said how we'd battered them but that doesn't make me feel any better having lost a football match.
"It would have been nice to have got a point out of the game and give the boys a little bit of confidence going into the next game.
"We're in a cut-throat league with some good sides and one game doesn't define you. Yes we want to develop the players but at the same time it's about trying to get a winning mentality too.
"We moved the ball so well at times and long-term I think a lot of these lads will go on to play at a lot higher level.
"The support from the fans was excellent too. They are really buying into what is happening at the club and the philosophy of trying to play football the right way.
"There's a lot of positive energy around the club at the minute, especially with what the first team are doing, and it's great to be a part of it."
Elsewhere at the weekend, both Fakenham Town and Downham Town made winning starts to the new campaign.
The Ghosts triumphed 2-0 at Debenham LC thanks to efforts from Josh Youngs and Ash Jarvis while Downham also secured three points on the road with Matty Calvert netting the only goal of the game in a 1-0 success over Haverhill Borough.
Tomorrow, Downham Town entertain Fakenham Town in the first Thurlow Nunn derby of the season at the Memorial Field.
In the Premier Division, there was no winning start for Swaffham Town who were beating 3-1 by Brantham Athletic at Shoemakers Lane, Emre Upston netting for the Pedlars in added time.
It doesn't get any easier for the Pedlars who host Wroxham and former Linnets Grant Holt and Simon Lappin in the league this evening.