Nicky Eaden was left disappointed after Kettering Town were unable to follow up their opening-day success as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at King’s Lynn Town last night (Tuesday).

Having marked their return to the Vanarama National League North with a 2-1 victory over AFC Telford United at the weekend, the Poppies were below par in Norfolk as the Linnets grabbed a deserved first win of the campaign.

After a goalless first half, the home side opened the scoring through Adam Marriott and then doubled that advantage thanks to Sonny Carey’s effort with six minutes to go.

Substitute Brett Solkhon did pull one back for the Poppies but they were unable to find an equaliser.

And boss Eaden conceded King’s Lynn “looked sharper” than his side while he admitted his team’s inability to deal with Linnets frontman Michael Gash proved to be a key factor in the game.

“It was disappointing after Saturday,” the Poppies boss said.

“I thought King’s Lynn looked sharper than us, particularly at the start of the game. They had more possession than us and we had to change it after half-an-hour and match them up.”

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