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Kirkley & Pakefield ready for home games against the top two

PUBLISHED: 00:58 06 October 2017

Schoolhouse returned to the top of the Evening News and Copy IT Norwich Sunday League Premier Division at the weekend, bouncing back from the previous weeks defeat with a resounding 6-2 home win over DE FC. Picture: Archant

Schoolhouse returned to the top of the Evening News and Copy IT Norwich Sunday League Premier Division at the weekend, bouncing back from the previous weeks defeat with a resounding 6-2 home win over DE FC. Picture: Archant

Shirley D Whitlow

Kirkley & Pakefield head into a tough spell in good spirits after recording their second win of the season on Tuesday evening.

The Royals beat Thetford Town 2-1 at Walmer Road, with goals from Gary Williams and the returning Kyle Baker, to lift themselves out of the bottom three of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

They will now be looking to keep up the good work after a difficult start to the season and while it won’t easy, with home games coming up against high-flyers Coggeshall Town and Felixstowe, manager Mark Willis is relishing the challenge.

His side host second placed Coggeshall tomorrow (3pm) before entertaining leaders Felxistowe, who have won 13 or their 14 games so far, the following Friday (7.45pm).

“These are games that we are really looking foward to,” said the Royals’ boss. “It won’t be a case of thinking ‘let’s just go out there and give it a go’. They are both games we will be looking to take something from, even though we know we will be up against two very good teams.”

After taking just two points from their opening eight games Kirkley have now taken seven from five, with Tuesday’s win maintaining the modest revival.

“It was an important result for us, there’s no doubt about that, and the players deserve praise for the resilience they showed,” said Willis, whose side had to play the final 10 minutes with 10 men after Jordan Haverson received his second yellow.

“It was good to see Kyle Baker back in the side after over a month out through injury while Liam Harvey-Cooper returned from the bench, which was another bonus. We are now getting back to near full strength but it’s only fair to mention the young lads who have come in an done an excellent job for us.”

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