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Kirkley & Pakefield produce fine display to see off Wroxham

PUBLISHED: 08:52 29 December 2017

The Wroxham wall goes up as Kirkley & Pakefield try their luck with a free-kick from just outside the area. Picture: Bryan Grint

The Wroxham wall goes up as Kirkley & Pakefield try their luck with a free-kick from just outside the area. Picture: Bryan Grint

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On a bright but cold Boxing Day morning a good crowd at Walmer Road saw Kirkley & Pakefield bounce back from Saturday’s home defeat by seeing off Wroxham.

Kyle Baker makes it 2-0 to Kirkley on Boxing Day. Picture: Bryan GrintKyle Baker makes it 2-0 to Kirkley on Boxing Day. Picture: Bryan Grint

The Royals, who welcomed back Matthew Wilson and Miguel Lopez, opened brightly with Liam Harvey-Cooper heading just over after seven minutes.

On 14 minutes the Royals opened the scoring when a Lopez corner was put away with a bullet-like header from captain Jack Herbert. In the 23rd minute Kyle Haylock went on a mazy run from just inside his half, beating several defenders on the way, before picking out Baker who netted, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

On the half hour Robbie Sweeney had Wroxham’s best effort of the half, shooting just wide. But in the 37th minute a good ball over the defence by Hammond found Baker whose well-hit left foot volley flew past the keeper for a deserved second goal.

The whistle went to end the half which had been an excellent one for the home team, with midfielder Lopez outstanding.

The second half opened in spectacular style with Kyle Haylock going on another good run before being taken out of the game by a poor tackle from Wroxham left back Matt Cook who was red carded. Following an off-the-ball incident that followed the foul Lopez was also shown red card by referee James Turner.

After treatment Haylock continued and was creating havoc with his runs, only to be stopped illegally on more than one occasion.

Home keeper Rix was brought into action with a couple of good saves and then on 65 minutes Harvey-Cooper just failed to beat the keeper to a good Baker centre before Rix was again in good form to save a Connor Ingram free-kick.

Harvey-Cooper shot over after good play by Haverson and Haylock and after a some six minutes extra play the game concluded with a fine victory for the Royals marred only by a needless sending off.

East Point Sports man-of-the-match: Matthew Wilson.

Kirkley & Pakefield: A Rix, M Wilson, M Wall, L Hammond, J Herbert, L Flower, K Haylock, M Lopez, K Baker (D Blades 78), L Harvey-Cooper, J Haverson. Subs unused: J Jenner, G Williams.

On Saturday Kirkley & Pakefield visit Walsham-le-Willows (3pm).

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