Patience rewarded as Kirkley & Pakefield hit goal trail
PUBLISHED: 08:47 15 December 2017
Kirkley and Pakefield maintained their impressive form in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday with a comfortable win over struggling Ipswich Wanderers.
Despite the freezing overnight conditions the main Walmer Road pitch was passed playable after an early morning inspection and by kick-off time looked in a splendid condition.
Wanderers had recently appointed a new management team in an attempt to improve their position near the bottom of the table - but it was the Royals who quickly took control.
They laid siege to the away goal right from the start and could have been three up in the first 10 minutes with a Max Wall shot saved but spilled by the keeper and then both Miguel Lopez and Jordan Haverson had good shots saved.
The continuous attacking saw the Royals hit the posts twice and the away goal was living a charmed life. Despite the home team controlling the half Wanderers somehow went in on equal terms at the interval.
The second half saw much of the same until the 68th minute when the Royals hit a purple patch, scoring four times in a nine minute spell.
Liam Harvey-Cooper finally opened the scoring when he hit a crisp low free-kick from 20 yards into the bottom left hand side of the goal. Then, just two minutes later, the same player converted a penalty after Haylock had been brought down in the area,
On 74 minutes Hammond fed Lee Will with a great through ball which he ran on to and fired well past the keeper and on 76 minutes Haverson shot in from close in for the Royals’ fourth. Harvey-Cooper hit the post going for his hat-trick and this was followed by a thunderbolt from full-back Grint that smacked against the bar.
In the end it was a very comfortable 4-0 win in a one-sided affair with the three points continuing to push the Royals up the table.
East Point Sports Man of the Match: Miguel Lopez.
Team: A Rix, M Wilson, T Grint, L Hammond, J Herbert, L Flower, K Haylock (G Williams 76), M Lopez, J Haverson (D Blades 76), L Harvey-Cooper, M Wall (L Will 55).
On Saturday Kirkley visit Long Melford, the Reserves entertain Hindringham, the A team visit Dip Farm to play Hearts of Oak and the B team play Crusaders on the TLL 3G Arena b (both 2pm).