Baker brace sees Kirkley through in cup

PUBLISHED: 10:21 21 January 2011

Great Yarmouth Town 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 2

A BRACE from young striker Kyle Baker sent K&P into the third round of the Ridgeons League Cup and set up an away tie at Wisbech Town next Tuesday evening.

The result is sure to breed confidence in Jon Reynolds’ young side as 17-year-old Jack Newrick comfortably settled into a left midfield role, and new signing Ryan Bloomfield made his debut following his move from Gorleston.

Both sides seemed keen to start the match quickly, none more so than keeper Michael Hilton who inadvertently smashed his clearance into the face of his own defender Gareth Palmer in the first minute.

Yet judging from the intent of both teams to attack, the match clearly meant something to both outfits as K&P looked to emulate last year’s appearance in the final against Needham Market.

Yarmouth created the first opportunity on four minutes as Dominic Smith forced Kirkley keeper Dave Attridge to save with his feet. However, play soon switched to the other end as some good play from Jack Newrick saw Kyle Baker’s cross whiz across the six yard box, and winger Liam Harvey-Cooper fizzed two efforts just over the crossbar.

With the game taking shape, Jake Reed’s cross for the home side was just too long for Fernando Vide and just seconds later Reed found himself one on one with Attridge, yet the keeper saved the first effort and then relied on a heroic piece of defending from captain Ryan De Coteau to stop the rebound being put into the net.

Following the early scares, the KP Royals grew in stature with Scott Manning, who seems to be relishing his new central midfield role, winning key challenges and Ryan Bloomfield fitting in to the team extremely efficiently. As the optimism increased, so did K&P’s attacking prowess and they were in front on 21 minutes from a traditional set-piece. Liam Harvey-Cooper’s corner was flicked on at the near post by Ryan Bloomfield and was expertly turned into the net by Kyle Baker.

Yet the lead was short lived as just 4 minutes later the Bloaters were level as Jake Reed benefited from a precise flick on, and the danger man slipped the ball under Dave Attridge to level the scores and allow for the infamous goal music to be played out over the speaker system.

The goal came at the wrong time from a K&P perspective as they looked to consolidate their lead with both sides now seemingly content to go in level at the break.

The beginning of the second period lacked quality as both teams gave the ball away on numerous occasions. However, Jake Reed soon found himself in on goal once again, yet Dave Attridge foiled him for a second time as he tipped over the attempted lob.

K&P soon looked to up the tempo and as a reward for their efforts, they regained the lead on 58 minutes as Jack Newrick’s accurate cross into the box was glanced into the net by Kyle Baker for his, and Kirkley’s, second goal of the evening. Keeper Michael Hilton will feel that he should have done better with the cross, yet take nothing away from the young striker who towered in the air to head home.

With the Royals determined not to lose the lead for a second time, Ryan Crisp and Liam Harvey-Cooper saw their efforts fly just over.

Yarmouth then made a double switch on 65 minutes with Bell and Spooner entering the play, and it was the latter who tested Attridge straight away, yet the keeper was equal to the danger.

Ross Brown and Jordan Haverson were then introduced for K&P as the game neared its conclusion, yet the Royals were certainly not easing up as Kyle Baker had a penalty appeal turned down, Ryan Crisp’s deflected shot was saved, and Zak Clarke’s clever effort was dealt with by Hilton.

In the last stages of the game, Jack Newrick could have put the icing on the cake for Kirkley, but his shot was always rising over the bar.

K&P: Attridge, Grint, Bloomfield, De Coteau, Clarke, Martin, Harvey-Cooper, Manning, Crisp, Baker, Newrick. Subs: Brown (for Harvey-Cooper), Haverson (for Grint), Potter.

MoM: Kyle Baker.

Joe Randlesome

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