Flower shown a red card in game-changing incident for the Royals

PUBLISHED: 18:55 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:55 15 March 2017

The long journey to Saffron Walden on Saturday saw a weakened Kirkley & Pakefield, without the injured Lewis Hammond and unavailable Ross King, fall to a 3-1 defeat.

The match saw the Royals take the lead through a 25-yard wonder goal from Miguel Lopez on eight minutes.

On 17 minutes Walden equalised from the spot through Moody after the advancing Tibbles was adjudged to have brought down a home attacker. The hosts then saw two good efforts go over the bar before Tibbles handled well to prevent another attack.

On 30 minutes a bizarre incident saw Lewis Flower jump to head a clearance only to land on an opponent with the referee surprisingly showing Flower a red card. This prompted the home team to attack and after having a penalty appeal turned down, they scored with a brilliant header by Noble in the 40th minute.

On 49 minutes a good Lee Will free kick went over the bar before keeper Tibbles made a brilliant save.

Despite being down to 10, the Royals battled well with attacking efforts by Will, Haverson, Stone and Lopez as well as good stout defending.

The last quarter saw Jack Herbert move up front but to no avail and in the last minute Turner headed in number three for the hosts.

It was a second consecutive 3-1 away defeat for the Royals but a good battling performance, playing with 10 men for an hour.

K&P: Tibbles, Eagleton, Grint, Cole, Herbert, Flower, Haylock, Haverson, Stone, Lopez, Will. Subs: Brown, Woods.

The side travel to Clacton tomorrow for a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division game at 3pm.

Royals Reserves’ relegation battle with third-bottom Reepham ended with the visitors winning 0-1 and virtually condemning the Reserves to relegation. Tomorrow sees them at Walmer Road against Mattishall at 2.30pm. The A team at home to Oulton Broad on the 3G Arena went down 8-1. Tomorrow the B team entertains Tudor Rose on the 3G Arena at 2pm.

K&P have a Sportsman’s Dinner at the Hotel Victoria on Friday, May 5 with ex-Norwich player and professional boxer Leon McKenzie as guest speaker. Tickets are £35 (or £30 before March 31). Contact Lucy on 07471 794696 for details.

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