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Harvey-Cooper double completes a good four days for Kirkley & Pakefield

PUBLISHED: 08:35 27 October 2017

Liam Harvey-Cooper scored twice for Kirkley at Fakenham. Picture: Bryan Grint

Liam Harvey-Cooper scored twice for Kirkley at Fakenham. Picture: Bryan Grint

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Kirkley & Pakefield continued their climb up the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table on Tuesday when they recorded a second win in the space of four days.

The Royals welcomed mid-table Walsham-le-Willows to Walmer Road and sealed victory thanks to two second half goals from Liam harvey-Cooper.

The hosts had captain Jack Herbert missing serving a one-match suspension. Jack Jenner came in with Matthew Wilson moving to centre back, Harvey-Cooper replaced Dylan Blades and Jordan Read was retained in goal.

The first 25 minutes saw little in the way of goalmouth action, with the game constantly being stopped for free-kicks. Kyle Baker shot just over after picking up a poor clearance before the away team were reduced to 10 men just before the break when they had Jack Brame sent off after two fouls.

The second half started with all-out attack from the Royals and on 53 minutes Kyle Haylock was brought down by the keeper on route to goal. The normally reliable Miguel Lopez took the penalty and keeper Max Boulter saved, only for the alert Harvey-Cooper to follow up and put the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead.

After this goal Baker and Harvey-Cooper continued to combine well and after constant pressure Harvey-Cooper fired in his and the Royals’ second. Following more good work and centre from Baker, Harvey-Cooper just failed to connect for his hat-trick.

Minutes from time Read in the home goal produced a fine save from a close range shot as the hosts saw out the gagme to claim three valuable points.

East Point Sports man-of-the-match: Lewis Hammond.

Kirkley & Pakefield: Read, Jenner (Blades 71), Grint, Hammond, Wilson, Flower, Haylock (Goldspink 83), Lopez (Eagleton 63), Baker, Harvey-Cooper, Wall. Subs unused: Williams, Rix.

Saturday sees another away journey for Kirkley & Pakefield when they visit Hadleigh United (3pm). On Tuesday night there is an attractive local derby when the Royals welcome Gorleston and their new manager, former Royals player/manager Stuart Larter, in a Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup second round tie (7.45pm).

The match will be decided on the night, going straight to penalties if level at 90 minutes.

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