Kettering Town 2 King’s Lynn Town 1: Clunan penalty miss proves costly for Linnets

Michael Clunan missed a first half penalty for King's Lynn Picture: Ian Burt

Michael Clunan missed a first half penalty for King's Lynn Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

King's Lynn are still looking for their first points of the season in the new Evostik Southern League Central Division after going down 2-1 at Kettering Town on Tuesday night.

Two penalties from Rhys Hoenes put the Poppies two up at the break after Michael Clunan had wasted a chance to equalise from the spot.

Clunan pulled one back midway through the second period with a fine long range effort but that was as good it got for the visitors.

Lynn were on the back foot after just three minutes when Ryan Fryatt brought down Hoenes in the box and the same player picked himself up to convert from the spot.

It was a painful blow for a side beaten 4-2 at home by Biggleswade on the opening day, but they fought back and should have been back on level terms on 29 minutes.

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The referee pointed to the spot again when a Lynn player was bundled over in the box, with the decision infuriating the hosts, but they needn't have worried as keeper Paul White produced an excellent stop to deny Clunan.

There was then another blow for the Linnets, with Michael Gash limping off to be replaced by Craig Parker, and things went from bad to worse on 41 minutes when Kettering made it 2-0 by converting the game's third penalty.

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Once again Hoenes was brought down in the area by Fryatt - who escaped a second yellow - and the striker duly sent Alex Street the wrong way to stretch the Poppies' lead.

With a crowd of 876 looking on the hosts looked completely in control but they were rocked by a goal out of the blue from the Linnets in the 66th minute, Clunan putting his penalty miss behind him by cracking the ball home from 25 yards.

The visitors pressed hard after that, but could have few complaints about the final score.

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