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PREVIEW | King's Lynn Town - Yeovil Town

Look ahead to Saturday's National League opener

2 October 2020

After months of waiting, Yeovil Town’s National League campaign finally kicks off with a trip to Norfolk to face King’s Lynn Town (5:30pm KO).

With fans unable to attend in person due to COVID restrictions, the fixture will be the first National League game broadcast live on BT Sport this season.

The Linnets, who were awarded the National League North title last season via PPG, will be full of confidence after back-to-back promotions.

Darren Sarll’s pre-match thoughts

The gaffer was delighted to be working towards a competitive league fixture for the first time since March, speaking in his press conference he said; “It’s been very strange, difficult and quite confusing at times. It’s nice to get going properly again.

“Even the preparation within the week, we’re preparing for an opponent now and potentially a reward.

“It’s time to start getting stressed and very angry again.”

Injury news

In his press conference, Darren Sarll confirmed that both Charlie Lee and Albi Skendi are injury doubts for the fixture.

The gaffer also noted Alex John is unlikely to travel after sustaining an injury in our final pre-season fixture vs. AFC Bournemouth U23’s.

A foot in the opposition camp

After back-to-back promotions the Linnets now find themselves in the top tier of non-league football under the management of Ian Culverhouse. Following a successful playing career in East Anglia, plying his trade for Norwich City, retirement from playing saw the King’s Lynn manager return to Norfolk for his first full-time managerial appointment. Prior to that Culverhouse had been assistant at Premier League side Aston Villa.

Adam Marriott is the danger man for the Linnets, after 52 goals in 64 league games, the forward now returns to the premier divison of noin-league football for the first time since 2017.

Coverage

Glovers fans will be able to watch the game live on BT Sport One. Coverage will begin at 5:15pm as Yeovil will look to end a winless run in front of the TV cameras.

Radio listeners have the choice of Three Valleys Radio or BBC Somerset.

 

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MATCH REPORT | King's Lynn Town 2-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil earn a sh

3 October 2020

Yeovil Town opened the 2020/21 season with a 2-2 draw with King’s Lynn Town in Norfolk.

Second half strikes from Luke Wilkinson and Courtney Duffus were not enough for Yeovil as the visitors continually pegged Town back in controversial circumstance.

Calls for both handball and offside were waived away by the match officials and ultimately saw the hosts snatch a draw.

As his second season as Yeovil manager began, Darren Sarll went with a side full of experience, especially in defence with Adam Smith, Dan Leadbitter, Lee Collins and Carl Dickinson all starting.

The midfield four comprised of Charlie Lee, Josh Staunton, Matt Worthington and Jack Clarke, with Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus combining up top.

The hosts began the brighter of the two sides, but the experienced Glovers back line held strong largely limiting the Linnets to efforts from set-pieces and outside the box.

The best chance of the first half fell to Murphy in the 19th minute, after being sent through on goal, it looked almost certain last year’s top scorer would open his account for the year but the number nine fluffed his lines at the final moment.

King’s Lynn best chance actually came through a Yeovil player as Wilkinson’s clearance flew narrowly over Adam Smith’s goal.

As a rather drab first half came to a close, Murphy had one more chance to open his account, but his first-timed effort was easily collected by Alexander Street.

With the first half being defined as drab the second half was far from that as Yeovil lead within two minutes.

A brilliant free kick from Carl Dickinson was met by Wilkinson who made no mistake by powering his header home.

Just moments later a set-piece would prove dangerous as Dickinson’s free kick could only force a corner.

King’s Lynn’s substitutions changed the complexion of the game, and it would prove effective in the 77thminute. Despite a handball in the build-up Dale Southwell tapped home the leveller in controversial circumstance.

Duffus would have thought he had snatched it for the Greens in the 81st minute as he hammered home Yeovil’s second following a sublime pass from Lawson D’Ath.

But it wasn’t victory for Yeovil as Adam Marriott levelled for King’s Lynn in the 87th minute, poking home at the near post to earn the Linnets a share of the points.

There no time for the Glovers to rest on their laurels as the games come thick and fast with Wealdstone visiting Huish Park on Tuesday night.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee (Burke), Staunton, Worthington (D’Ath), Clarke (Smith); Duffus, Murphy

Subs: Palmer, Burke, D’Ath, J.Smith, Rogers

 

King’s Lynn: Street, Jones, Brown, Smith, McCauley, Richards, Jarvis, Kelly, King, Southwell, Power.

Subs: Mair, Marriott, Barrows, Hawkins, Carey.

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