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History beckons for Kirkley & Pakefield

PUBLISHED: 10:51 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:57 06 July 2010

HISTORY is beckoning for Kirkley & Pakefield FC tomorrow, as the Royals hope to oversee a "market crash."

After a frustrating period of inactivity, an all-Suffolk FA Vase fourth round clash has got the temperatures soaring as K&P take on fellow Ridgeons League rivals Needham Market.

HISTORY is beckoning for Kirkley & Pakefield FC tomorrow, as the Royals hope to oversee a “market crash.”

After a frustrating period of inactivity, an all-Suffolk FA Vase fourth round clash has got the temperatures soaring as K&P take on fellow Ridgeons League rivals Needham Market.

The game, which - weather permitting - is scheduled to be played at Bloomfields with a 3pm kick-off, will see two of the top five Premier League sides collide in the national competition.

With K&P already having opened a new chapter in their history books after reaching this stage for the first-ever time, they are intent on continuing the run against a Needham side who have a fine recent record in the Vase themselves having reached the quarter finals and semi-final in the past few years.

Ahead of the biggest-game in their history, The Royals have swooped on neighbours Lowestoft Town this week to bolster their squad ahead of the eagerly-awaited encounter by signing striker Ally McKenna.

Not being cup-tied, McKenna will go straight into the K&P squad for tomorrow's clash at Needham Market.

And the K&P management duo of Stewart Larter and Jon Reynolds will be hoping that by teaming up with former Town hitman Russell Stock once more, some magic from McKenna - much like the havoc he caused the Needham defence while at Lowestoft in last season's Suffolk Premier cup final at Portman Road - will swing the tie in the Royals favour.

Recent new signing Andy Key is also eligible for the Walmer Road side tomorrow after joining from Wroxham, but definitely out are the suspended Chris Henderson and Justin Fox.

And looking forward to the match, K&P joint boss Jon Reynolds called on the backing of local supporters to help keep the Vase dream alive.

“We're going to go to Needham tomorrow and they're going to have a heck of a lot of local support there,” Reynolds said. “I'd ask for the town to get behind us and for us to progress the more support we could have on the day would be appreciated.

“I know the players would appreciate it and it'd be like our 12th man and we need as much support as we can get,” he added.

A supporters coach has been laid on for the trip, and with the reserves match brought forward to tonight - kick off 7.30pm at Walmer Road against Sole Bay - spaces are filling up quickly, so if you'd like to see K&P continue to make history, e-mail Darren on premiersdarren@aol.com.

Equally looking forward to the match, K&P spokesman Royal David said: “With no games whatsoever during the past three weeks, we are keeping fingers crossed for Saturday's BIG game against The Market Men of Needham Market in the FA Vase.

“Once again, this surpasses the last round, when we hammered Hoddesdon, as the most important game in the club's history - and when we beat them on Saturday we will go through to the last 16, just steps away from our ultimate goal… the trip to Wembley,” he added. “We need your cry of 'C'Mon You Royals' to blot out the noise of their lone drummer as this is a Market Crash you will not want to miss!”

If the tie does go-ahead, it has all the makings of a cracker after Needham triumphed in the league at Bloomfields in October with a 3-2 win in front of nearly 250 fans.

But there are some interesting permutations surrounding tomorrow's game. If the match goes ahead and it is drawn after 90 minutes and extra time then the tie will be replayed at Walmer Road next Wednesday night .

If tomorrow's match is postponed it will take place next Tuesday night at Needham. And if this game is drawn after 90 minutes and then extra time, the replay will be played next Saturday, January 23 at Walmer Road.

But if next Tuesday's match is unable to be played because of the weather, it is scheduled to be played at Needham next Saturday, January 23.

If tomorrow's match has a result either after 90 minutes or extra time, then - weather permitting - K&P will be in cup action next Tuesday with an away trip to Mildenhall in the quarter finals of the Ridgeons League KO Cup, kick off 8pm.

And after all of these conundrums, K&P fixture secretary Stuart Baker said: “Who would be a fixture secretary!”

Over the bascule bridge, after six successive matches fell foul of the weather, Lowestoft Town will be back in action tomorrow - weather permitting - with a hastily arranged Ryman League match at Crown Meadow against Potters Bar. The game has been switched to the Meadow, kick off 3pm, after the Blues opponents' pitch was frozen over - so all Blues fans are urged once more to turn out and back The Trawler Boys.

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