Struggling Poppies beaten 2-1 away to King’s Lynn Town

Apr 12th, 2018

Kettering TownKing's Lynn Town

King’s Lynn Town 2
Gash 59
Fryatt 70

Kettering Town 1
Solkhon 52(pen)
Thomas sent-off 81

A rare Thursday fixture of a re-arranged match sees Kettering Town make the relatively short journey to take on possible play-off rivals King’s Lynn Town. Kettering are only a handful of points away from securing their play-off berth and joining King’s Lynn, Weymouth and Slough to complete the play-off quartet.

The first 45 minutes was a fairly even affair with both sides having decent opportunities but neither able to provide a finishing touch and it ended goal-less at the break. The second-half began in rainy conditions but the traveling Poppies faithful were soon in good voice when the referee awarded Kettering a penalty. Brett Solkhon converted the spot kick and the Poppies had a 1-0 lead on 52 minutes.

The lead only lasted seven minutes though as the home side recovered quickly and put the Poppies under pressure. It finally told on 59 minutes when Michael Gash rose highest to head past White in the Poppies goal and leveled the scores at 1-1. The home side began to get the upper-hand and several close shaves for the Poppies preceded what eventually turned out to be the winner from Fryatt making it 2-1 to the home side.

On 81 minutes with Kettering hardly looking like they were going to get back in the match, Kalern Thomas didn’t help matters when he was shown the red card for a bad foul and Kettering were left to see out the remainder of the match with ten men. The Poppies tried their best in the final few minutes but the damage had been done and the home side probably deserved the victory over the 90 minutes.

The defeat left Kettering still needing at least one win from their remaining six matches but more importantly it didn’t bode well for the looming play-offs as they could easily be facing the Linnets in the semi-final and will certainly need to put in a better performance than tonight’s display when they seemed to struggle to find their rhythm.

Next up for the Poppies is a home fixture against Hitchin Town, and they still have to play both Hereford and Weymouth in their final league fixtures.

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