Kirkley & Pakefield right out of luck as leaders win 4-1
PUBLISHED: 09:18 20 October 2017
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Walmer Road staged a rare Friday night Thurlow Nunn Premier Division fixture last week when Kirkley & Pakefield took on runaway league leaders Felixstowe & Walton.
The two previous occasions the league had given the club Friday night football resulted in poor attendances but a good crowd of 220 witnessed an all action but at times ill-tempered match with nine bookings.
The Royals were missing leading scorer Jordan Haverson who was serving a one-match suspension but welcomed back Liam Harvey-Cooper after a spell out with a knee injury.
The Seasiders opened at a blistering pace and Miles Powell produced a screamer from distance to put the visitors ahead in less than two minutes.
As the game progressed the Royals made their opportunities with a Jack Herbert header hitting the post before being scrambled off the line. Then a good move saw Kyle Baker hit the woodwork when he should have levelled.
On 28 minutes Adam Rix made a brilliant save to push over the bar but the Seasiders went two up on 32 minutes when Scott Chaplin powerfully headed in.
The Royals emerged for the second half with all-out attacking with Baker hitting the post, Grint and Haylock putting in good efforts and Harvey-Cooper hitting a cracking shot on to the bar.
A Lopez corner then hit the bar before good work by Baker saw Harvey-Cooper appeared to be fouled in the area whilst going for the cross but nothing was given.
Rix had a rare save to make before a Lopez free-kick was saved on the line with Baker putting the loose ball wide. On 85 minutes the Royals finally got some reward when Haylock went for Harvey-Cooper’s cross with a defender, with the latter scoring an own goal.
The home team continued to press but left an opening for Joe Francis to produce some neat work before Powell hammered in his second of the night in the 87th minute, Well into added time the visitors made it four with substitute Kerridge’s shot going in off the post. The scoreline was rough justice on the Royals who had put in a good performance. East Point Sports man-of-the-match: Harvey-Cooper.
Kirkley & Pakefield: Rix, Wilson, Grint, Hammond, Herbert, Flower, Haylock, Lopez, Baker, Harvey-Cooper (Wilson 87), Wall (Blades 75).