FC Clacton 3 Kirkley & Pakefield 3: Royals leave with a point after eventful game
PUBLISHED: 09:08 05 October 2018
Kirkley and Pakefield gained a positive point on the road at FC Clacton on Saturday after recovering from an early 2-0 deficit.
The Royals could have gone ahead early on, with the ball not quite falling for the returning Ross King from a Kyle Haylock throw.
Despite a really good start to the game from the visitors they found themselves one down as a Clacton player ghosted in at the back post to head home from a set-piece.
Things got worse for Kirkley after a direct free-kick ended up in the back of the net, making it 2-0 to the home side.
A crucial moment five minutes before half-time saw an individual piece of brilliance from top scorer Liam Harvey-Cooper who went past two players before drilling the ball past the helpless Clacton goalkeeper.
The second half saw a much improved performance from the resilient Royals and they were rewarded for the character shown when Kyle Haylock was bundled over in the box, leaving Harvey-Cooper to again hit a sweet strike, this time from the spot, to level the game.
Kirkley opted to stay on the front foot at this point as they were causing the home side all sorts of problems. Wilson and Baldwin continued to win their individual battles at the back which gave freedom for Jack Herbert to go sniffing for goals at the other end.
It paid dividends when, from a Lopez strike, the skipper was on hand to power a header past the goalkeeper from a rebound to make it 3-2.
An excellent turnaround from the Royals from 2-0 down was to be denied after another set-piece goal from the Essex side. Herbert found himself under the ball and while the referee missed the physical contact on the player he did not miss the outstretched arm of the defender that resulted in a spot- kick.
Clacton converted it and the game came to an end soon after with the Royals having to be content with a hard-earned point.
The Royals are without a game at the weekend as scheduled opponents Norwich United are playing in the Norfolk Senior Cup. Their attention is now on the FA Vase game away to Enfield Borough on Sunday, October 14.
Team: Blowers, Baldwin, Wilson, Herbert, Wall, Russell, Lopez, Haverson, Haylock, Harvey-Cooper, King Subs Soares, Will, Blades.
The transition between youth football and adult football is not an easy one to manage but for many years Kirkley and Pakefield have had Bryan ‘Jock‘ David to help with this.
Trying to produce their own talent and help them on the pathway from youth football to the first team is important for all clubs. Jock has been a massive part of this for many years, giving young players their first taste of adult football while also trying to have a positive influence on them as people, enforcing values and respect.
His commitment and dedication is appreciated by all and we thank him for everything he has done for the club.