Kettering Town 1-0 King’s Lynn Town.
The Linnets started 2018 with defeat at Kettering and with that surrendered top spot of the Southern Premier League to their Northamptonshire rivals.
It could of been so much different for Lynn had skipper Michael Clunan netted from the penalty after Leon Mettam had been hauled down inside the area by home keeper Paul White, The ever reliable Clunan saw his chipped spot-kick cannon of the crossbar.
Just minutes later Kettering with their only real chance of the game took the lead, Rene Howe supplying the ball across goal for Aaron O’Connor to turn past Alex Street who apart from picking the ball out the net was a mere spectator.
Lynn went in search of an equaliser, Michael Gash and Tom Ward going close with headers.
White in the home goal came to the rescue when he pulled off a good double save to parry away Clunan’s shot and then turning away Gash’s shot from the rebound.
The lively Leon Mettam went close just as the first half ticked into injury time, His low shot across goal striking the post.
The second half followed a similar patten to the first, White again was on hand to make a double save from Gash.
Gash then fired straight at White when well placed after being found by a threaded Ryan Jarvis pass inside the box.
Match referee Mr Forrester then reduced the home side to 10 men when he sent off midfielder Michael Richens following an altercation with Cameron Norman as the Linnets where set to defend a corner inside their own box.
The visitors continued to huff and puff, substitute Ryan Hawkins drilling straight at a grounded White after a good driving run from the touchline.
Fellow sub Craig Parker lofted a shot over, despite controlling most of the game Lynn left empty-handed.