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After two games on the road, Yeovil Town return to Huish Park to face opening day opponents King’s Lynn Town.

A lot has happened since the early season encounter in East Anglia, with the 2020/21 season being like no other, especially for Yeovil Town.

With just three home fixtures remaining, Town will look to end the season strong, capitalising on the strong home form seen in 2021.

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Darren Sarll's thoughts

Scout Report

Chesterfield 4-1 Kings Lynn

Lynn returned from play-off contenders Chesterfield with a 4-1 defeat, however like in many recent games they did cause their opponents some concerns and saw plenty of the ball.

It was the hosts who started the brighter with George Carline going close with a header and Clarke forcing Theo Richardson into a decent save. Chesterfield almost took the lead on 10 minutes, Adil Yussuf holding the ball up on the edge of the box, his pass finding McCourt whose effort struck the inside of the post.

Lynn’s first chance came from a free kick on 13 minutes. Carey’s free kick was met by Rory McAuley but the ball looped just over the bar before a few minutes later a Michael Gash header was comfortably saved by Montgomery. On 24 minutes later a long-range effort from Laurence Maguire went just wide of Richardson’s goal.

It was the hosts who took the lead on 28 minutes. A cross from Oyeleke found Yussuf who headed the ball past Richardson.

Lynn hit back almost immediately, when a McCourt mistake allowed Carey to run towards goal slotting the ball past Montgomery.

Chesterfield then hit back quickly to retake the lead. Carline curling the ball in the area which went through a crowd of players ending up in the back of the net. The flurry of goals stopped there, but Lynn were seeing plenty of the ball. A Carey free kick just before half-time was well saved by Montgomery going out for a corner.

Lynn were forced into a change at half-time with Jarvis being replaced by Alfie Payne. Lynn’s hopes for a good start to the half were in tatters within 2 minutes. A corner was headed back into the area by Maguire finding Yarney who reacted quickest to prod the ball past Richardson.

On 54 minutes, Chesterfield scored their fourth. Danny Rowes free kick from 30 yards going through the Lynn wall and flying past Richardson.

Chesterfield were sensing more goals and Yussuf had a chance which was blocked by the Lynn defence before Dinanga’s effort went wide.

Lynn saw plenty of the ball as Chesterfield were content to hit on the break but did not create any real effort of note and not forcing Montgomery into a save.

With the weather turning bad the referee blew on 90 minutes with no injury time played. Yet again Lynn played their passing game and saw plenty of the ball, but Chesterfield were the more clinical.

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Previous Encounter/Blast from the Past

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, Luke Wilkinson 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 77th minute. 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.

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

The Visitors

Kings Lynn Town FC were founded in 2010 after the original Kings Lynn FC were wound up in 2009. The club started out in the Premier Division of the United Counties League and finished runners-up in their inaugural season, also reaching the semi-finals of the FA Vase. Promotion was sealed a year later to the Division One South of the Northern Premier League, which the club swiftly won in their first season at that level.

In 2015, the club transferred to the Southern League of the Premier Division and enjoyed relative success at the higher level. After finishing second in 2017-18; Lynn lost to Slough Town in the final of the promotion play-offs.

The following season, the club was moved to the Premier Division Central and went on to win promotion to the National League North through the play-offs. Lynn successfully defeated Stratford Town and Alvechurch before beating Warrington Town 3-2 in the super play-off final.

An amazing season in the National League North followed in the 2019/20 season, with Lynn crowned Champions by the points-per-game rule. Despite being second behind York City when football was curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Linnets were only two points behind with two games in hand.

This season has been tough for the Norfolk side, with the club adapting to the National League and being hit by financial challenges arising from the pandemic. Kings Lynn travel to Huish Park sat in 21st position in the National League and without a win in nine games, but many of their players have been furloughed, resulting in a constant revolving door at the Walks.

Despite their National League struggles, an impressive FA Cup run saw Lynn beat League Two Port Vale 1-0 before being knocked out in the second round to past cup winners Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Star Man – Sonny Carey

The 20-year-old midfielder has flourished in his first season in the National League, scoring five goals in all competitions. The former Norwich City Academy player joined the Linnets from Wrexham in June 2019 but had to be patient for his chance to shine.

He has taken his chance this season, having failed to make the appearances he hoped for last campaign. Carey’s performances have seen links surface to Championship sides Swansea and Bournemouth, with recently promoted League Two side Bolton Wanderers also taking an interest in his services.

The youngster has remained fully focused on his football, scoring in Lynn’s last game against Chesterfield on Tuesday night. His biggest moment in the limelight came when he scored the winning goal at Vale Park in the FA Cup in November (2020), with the playmakers goal being one of the biggest in the clubs’ history.