Kirkley & Pakefield share the points in eight-goal thriller
PUBLISHED: 09:58 10 November 2017
The fireworks arrived early at Walmer Road last Saturday when Kirkley & Pakefield entertained Newmarket Town.
A sparkling opening 10 minutes produced four goals in what turned out to be an eight-goal thriller which featured no fewer than four penalties.
The home team surprised the fifth-placed Jockeys with a fast opening that saw Kyle Baker have a header cleared off the line before he found Miguel Lopez who saw his shot from 25 yards hit the inside of the post and go in for a second minute lead.
Virtually straight from the restart the Jockeys hit back as Austin Diaper hit a good shot into the roof of the net.
On five minutes a spectacular shot from Lopez, standing on the left touch line some 40 yards out, rocketed into the net to restore the home side’s lead.
This crazy match saw the away team equalise again in the 10th minute when Simon Swinton took advantage of poor defending.
More chances came and went before Lewis Hammond was penalised, apparently for holding, just after the half hour mark and Newmarket’s Jack Watson converted the resultant spot-kick to put the visitors ahead for the first time.
The match took another turn on 35 minutes with the Royals being awarded a penalty of their own and Lopez completed his hat-trick to make it 3-3. The 43rd minute brought yet another penalty for the Royals but Lopez was denied by a fine save from Alex Archer.
The Royals opened the second half confidently and Liam Harvey-Cooper blasted over when well placed and then, on the hour mark, Haylock picked out Baker and his pass to Harvey-Cooper saw him fire home the Royals’ fourth.
The 70th minute saw yet another penalty awarded and Watson once again stepped up to score for the Jockeys to level at 4-4.
After this Baker seemed to be fouled in the area by the keeper but no penalty was given.
The latter stages saw home keeper Rix bring off three good saves whilst Baker went closest for the home team when his shot was blocked on the line.
East Point Sports man-of-the-match: Miguel Lopez.
Kirkley & Pakefield: A Rix, M Wilson, T Grint, L Hammond, J Herbert, L Flower, K Haylock, M Lopez, K Baker, L Harvey-Cooper (D Blades 82), J Haverson, Subs unused: J Jenner, G Williams.