Kettering Town 2 King's Lynn Town 1
King's Lynn Town were made to pay the penalty as their losing start to the Southern League Premier Division Central season continued on Tuesday night.
Although there was only one goal in it, Simon Clark's side were well-beaten in Northamptonshire by a solid Poppies outfit who will surely be up there come the end of the season.
It could have been so different had Michael Clunan - Lynn's scorer in the second half - not seen his penalty saved by Paul White in the first half but in all fairness a draw would have been harsh on the hosts.
Lynn were unable to deal with the pace of Rhys Hoeness who won - and scored - both of Kettering's first-half penalties.
Lathaniel Rowe-Turner was adjudged to have fouled Ryan Hawkins as Lynn were handed a lifeline from the spot midway through the second half.
Clunan stepped up but, just like at the same ground last season when he struck the woodwork from the spot, he was foiled again as White threw himself to his left to push away his spot-kick.
Two goals goals up at half-time, the job was almost done and dusted and the Poppies went into game-management mode for long periods of the second half.
Clunan made amends for his earlier penalty miss with a fantastic long-range strike after the break but Lynn created little else other than a Ryan Fryatt header and a half-chance for substitute Harry Limb on a disappointing night.
Kettering Town: White; Kelly-Evans, Towers, Berry, Rowe-Turner, Stohrer; Richens, Milnes (Solkhon 62), Meikle (Borg 75); Kelly; Hoenes (Pendley 90 mins). Subs not used: Toseland, Shamalo.
Goals: Hoeness (5 and 42 pens).
King’s Lynn Town: Street; Thomas, Fryatt, McAuley, Blake-Tracey; Jarvis, Clunan, Richards, Hawkins; Hilliard, Gash (Parker 32, Limb 78). Subs not used: Beevers, Jones, Stewart.
Referee: Ritchie Watkins.
Goal: Clunan (64).
Bookings: Fryatt, Rowe-Turner, McAuley, Hilliard.