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Kirkley and Pakefield round off a solid season with narrow defeat on the road

PUBLISHED: 09:52 11 May 2018

Liam Harvey-Cooper was Kirkley & Pakefield's top scorer this season with 24 goals. Picture: MICK HOWES

Liam Harvey-Cooper was Kirkley & Pakefield's top scorer this season with 24 goals. Picture: MICK HOWES

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Kirkley & Pakefield travelled to play Stanway Rovers at the Hawthorns last Saturday in their final Thurlow Nunn Premier Division League match on the season.

For the first time in four matches there were changes due to unavailability of defender Lewis Flower and striker Kyle Baker.

Jack Jenner came in to a reshuffled defence with Dylan Blades taking his place up front.

The Royals went behind after just four minutes when Jordan Blackwell slipped in and caught the defence flat footed to slot home from close range. After 10 minutes the hosts should have gone two up but a free header on goal was put wide.

On 20 minutes the Royals had a good call for a penalty after a handball in the area but it was turned down by the referee. Another debatable decision saw the home team awarded a penalty on 35 minutes. Jordan Blackwell stepped up to it and although Adam Rix made a fine stop no away player was following in and Blackwell was able to convert second time for a 2-0 lead.

With the Royals having not really tested the home goal they surprisingly got back into the game on 44 minutes when Lee Will was fouled and a penalty was awarded which Miguel Lopez made no mistake from.

Coming out for the second half only 2-1 down the Royals showed more urgency and attacking flair, with Haverson producing a good run only to have his shot saved. A Herbert header went just over while the wall did its job as Will shot just wide of the post.

Despite being the better team in the second period that second goal eluded them and they ended the season with a 2-1 defeat, finishing the season with a 10th or 11th place finish in the league, a respectable position after their disastrous start with four bad injuries, two of which were season-ending.

Kirkley & Pakefield: A Rix, J Jenner, M Wall (J Hutchinson 80), M Lopez, J Herbert, M Wilson, K Haylock, J Haverson, L Will, L Harvey-Cooper, D Blades. Unused subs: C Bell, E Reynolds.

Liam Harvey-Cooper ended the season as Kirkley’s top scorer with 24 goals. Three other players made double figures: Kyle Baker (16), Jordan Haverson (11) and Miguel Lopez (10).

The Godmanchester away match will be left unplayed as the league could not find a suitable date before the close of the season.

The Reserves concluded their season at Bungay Town with a goalless draw to finish 11th in the Anglian Combination Division One.

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