King's Lynn Town 2 Kettering Town 1
King's Lynn Town bounced back from their opening day defeat at Guiseley to open their National League North points account against Kettering Town on Tuesday night.
Second-half goals from Adam Marriott and substitute Sonny Carey put the Linnets in full control before the Poppies set up a tense last few minutes after reducing the arrears through Brett Solkhon.
The Linnets dominated the first period but were unable to break the deadlock with visiting goalkeeper Paul White looking assured between the posts.
Marriott saw his header tipped over the woodwork early in the second half, but made no mistake second time around 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.
The final whistle was greeted by rapturous applause from the home faithful after an excellent and committed display all over the pitch from Ian Culverhouse's side.