Kirkley & Pakefield maintain fine run by hammering bottom side
PUBLISHED: 08:17 17 November 2017
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Kirkley & Pakefield continued their recent impressive unbeaten run last Saturday with a convincing 5-1 win at bottom club Wivenhoe.
The Royals made one change with Max Wall coming in for Lewis Hammond who was serving a one match suspension.
They opened their account in the eighth minute when Lewis Flower turned and hit a low shot from the edge of the area past the keeper.
In the 13th minute Jordan Haverson placed a good through ball to Kyle Baker who slotted nicely past the keeper for the Royals’ second.
The remainder of the half was mainly away team pressure, with chances being missed, but Wivenhoe surprisingly got back into the game on 44 minutes.
Adam Rix in the away goal punched away a shot only for the ball to fall at the feet of midfielder Ben Gallifant and from some 30 yards out he hit home a spectacular goal to bring the score back to 2-1.
The final action of the half saw Baker neatly chip the keeper only to see his effort hit the underside of the bar and come down on the line and be cleared.
The second half started much the same as the first, with all out attacking from Kirkley and again opportunities being missed before, on 63 minutes, home action in the Royals’ goalmouth almost saw an equalising goal with several attempts being beaten away by both keeper Rix and the defence.
On 74 minutes Dylan Blades replaced Liam Harvey-Cooper and just five minutes later the Royals finally increased their lead when Haverson received the ball some 35 yards out and ran through to convincingly beat the keeper for goal number three.
Blades and Baker were beginning to link up well and on 84 minutes the combination struck when Baker scored his second, putting it past the advancing keeper to end any doubt about the outcome. In the very next minute Blades again fed Baker whose shot hit the post only for Kyle Haylock to tap over the line for a 5-1 scoreline.
It could have been more, with Blades having a further shot well saved before scoring a goal that was ruled out for offside and having another shot saved.
Kirkley and Pakefield: A Rix, M Wilson, T Grint (J Jenner 85), M Wall, J Herbert, L Flower, K Haylock, M Lopez (C Eagleton 85), K Baker, L Harvey-Cooper (D Blades 74), J Haverson.