King's Lynn Town youngster talks about goal on his National League North debut
As far as debuts go, Sonny Carey enjoyed a fruitful one on Tuesday night as King’s Lynn Town grabbed a deserved first win of the National League North campaign.
The teenager came off the bench to register his first goal in Linnets colours to help his teammates secure a 2-1 win victory over the Poppies at the Walks.
After a goalless first half, which was dominated by the hosts, Lynn opened the scoring through Adam Marriott and then doubled that advantage thanks to Carey’s crisp finish with six minutes to go.
Substitute Brett Solkhon did pull one back for the Poppies but the Linnets held on as they bounced straight back from their opening-day reverse at Guiseley.
Reflecting on his first goal, Carey said: “I saw the gap opening, and it was a great piece of play from Sam (Kelly) down the left.
“The ball came over to me in slow motion, but I got my head over it and it was a good finish.
“It feels great after coming on in an unfamiliar position. I was disappointed not to play on Saturday, but I took my chance today and got on the scoresheet.
“It was my first time playing at home in front of all the fans and I loved it.
“I’ve always been a confident player and trust my ability. The more I play, the more I will get used to the league and its intensity.”
Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse has predicted a bright future for the teenager following his summer move from Wroxham.
“Sonny’s finish was as cool as anything and for an 18-year-old boy he’s an outstanding prospect,” said Culverhouse.
“He’s got loads and loads of ability. He’s a ball player with a bright future ahead of him.
“We will nurture him and bring him forward and he is only going to improve with this group of players around him.”
Marriott registered Lynn’s first goal of the season in the 68th minute when Aaron Jones whipped in a perfect centre for the striker to head Lynn in front.
Lynn absorbed a brief spell of Kettering pressure before Sam Kelly cut the ball back from the left for Sonny Carey to find the back of the net with a goal on his league debut in the 84th minute.
Kettering, who had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half, scored a late consolation after Lynn goalkeeper Alex Street fumbled a speculative shot and Solkhon was on hand to stab the loose ball home.
On Lynn’s first victory of the season, Culverhouse added: “I thought we were excellent from start to finish.
“We were lacking that first goal to settle everyone, but you can always rely on Maz, who could have had a couple beforehand, to score in that kind of area.
“Pedro (Alex Street) has held his hands up for the Kettering goal, but there will be many times this season where he will be the one who saves us.
“He was totally redundant in the first half, but that shows how much we dominated.”