MATCH PREVIEW: Aldershot Town v King’s Lynn Town (H)


Kings Lynn Town FC, also known as The Linnets. Founded 2010 after Kings Lynn FC (Founded 1881) were wound up in 2009.



Last season was the Linnets first at National League level, having been promoted as Champions of the National League North in 2019/20, despite being in second place when the season was curtailed. They were declared Champions on ‘points per game’. They finished 21st of 22 clubs in the National League last season, with 31 points from their 42 games.



Both games ended in draws. At the EBB Stadium in a midweek match, the Linnets were impressive and the Shots a little fortunate to get a 1-1 draw on the night. The two sides met again on the final day of the season, in a highly entertaining 4-4 draw. Kodi Lyons-Foster scored twice to put Aldershot 3-1 up in the second half before Kings Lynn staged a late comeback to earn a share of the spoils with a 90th minute equaliser.



50-year-old Tommy Widdrington is the Linnets Manager, having taken over in December 2021, following the departure of Ian Culverhouse. A former player, that made 372 football league appearances for the likes of; Southampton, Grimsby Town and Port Vale, Widdrington commenced his management career at the same club that he finished his playing career with – Salisbury City. Initially as Player/Manager, Tommy then returned to the football league as Assistant Manager at Southend United, before being appoint ted Hemel Hempstead Manager in 2011. He then spent 5 years in charge at Eastbourne Borough, before taking ‘Head of Recruitment’ roles at Coventry City and Bristol Rovers. After a bried spell as Caretaker-Manager at Rovers, he accepted the Kings Lynn job 3 months ago.



Players still at Kings Lynn from last season include; Defenders Tyler Denton & Ross Barrows and Midfielders Michael Clunan & Cameron King.

New editions at Kings Lynn this season include; Goalkeeper Paul Jones (400+ EFL Apps), Centre-Backs Luis Fernandez (Stevenage) & Pierce Bird (Eastleigh), Midfielders Munashe Sundire (Hemel Hempstead) & Brett McGavin (Ipswich Town) and Strikers Gold Omotayo (Wrexham) & Malachi Linton (Wycombe Wanderers). Widdrington has brought in a couple of players from Bristol Rovers. Winger Zain Walker has signed a short term contract, whilst Midfielder Cameron Hargreaves is on loan from The Gas until the end of the season. Experienced defender Josh Coulson is also at The Walks on loan from Southend United.



Josh Barrett had a brief loan spell at Aldershot Town back in 2018, at the age of just 19, playing five games for the Shots.



Saturday’s referee is James Durkin. This season, to date, he has taken charge of 3 National League matches, showing 15 Yellow Cards and 0 Red Cards.



Kick-off is at 3pm for Mark Molesley’s team as we would like to remind both home and away supporters of our ticketing/match-day protocols HERE.

Our Ticket Office will be opening slightly later on the day of the game from 1.30pm for home supporters who would like to purchase on the day of the game, (we advise fans planning on buying tickets on the day to arrive earlier). We further encourage supporters to pre-book their tickets via our upgraded Flowte ticket website HERE to avoid queues on the day.

With our Flowte ticket website, supporters can pick their exact seats and have their tickets emailed to them which can be scanned off a smart phone or printed off before the day of the game.

We will NOT be accepting payment at the turnstiles but for supporters who decide to attend closer to the game, they will be able to purchase their tickets via the Club Shop/Ticket Office in person through cash, card or contactless payment.

Following this, please use the scanners on the turnstiles to enter through to the ground once they’ve collected their ticket.

Turnstiles will open at 1:30pm.

We would also like to take the time to remind supporters of our new pricing structure going forward.

With updated Concession categories and in replacement of our Under 11s Go Free scheme, we have now introduced a new Family Ticket as shown in the full pricing list below:

  • Adult – £20
  • Concession (Disabled + Carer, Senior (over 65) – £16
  • Junior (17 & under) – £7
  • Family Ticket (2 Adults, up to 3 Juniors) – £45
  • Family Ticket (2 Concession, up to 3 Juniors) – £40

Away Supporters

• Tickets for away fans will not be available on the turnstiles on the day of the game, they must be purchased via our website.

• All King’s Lynn Town Supporters will enter the ground via the Redan Hill entrance. This game is unsegregated.

• Disabled/Carers should be booked in advance via our ticket office, but if they arrive on the day those people need to purchase their ticket from the ticket office. We have limited wheelchair spaces, so we advise supporters are advised to reserve them prior to the game.

• Any planned Supporter Coach travel needs to be advised to Aldershot Town in advance so that coach parking can be organised and planned.

• For this fixture, away supporters will be seated in the Away Seating in the South Stand and the Covered Terrace.

• There will be catering units available on the day of the game.

  • Tickets can be scanned off smart phones.WHERE TO FOLLOW THE MATCH:

There will be ‘Live’ BBC Radio Surrey Sport Online commentary of the match with Rob Worrall and Guest Summariser, former Bromley Manager Neil Smith. There will also be Social Media coverage on Instagram & Twitter (@OfficialShots) with team news, updates and post-match coverage throughout the afternoon.