Injury to Kyle Baker takes gloss of hard earned point for Kirkley & Pakefield
PUBLISHED: 05:58 25 August 2017
Shirley D Whitlow
Kirkley & Pakefield were back in league action on Tuesday evening when they recorded a hard-fought goalless draw at Thetford Town, who had made an impressive start to the season.
The Royals were missing both Lewis Flower and Liam Harvey-Cooper with Elliot Whiteside coming in for his first start of the season and youth player Dylan Blades making his first senior start after coming on as substitute on Saturday.
The Royals had a free-kick on the edge of the area in the opening minute but Whiteside’s shot was blocked with the follow-up also kept out. There was then a spell of pressure from the home team but fine Rogers saves and a resilient defence well marshalled by captain Jack Herbert kept them at bay. On 43 minutes good work by Baker and Haverson saw their efforts kept out before Williams hit wide from close in with the goal at his mercy. Then the next minute saw Kyle Baker through on goal only to be brought down on the edge of the area, with the tackle resulting in Baker having to leave the field after lengthy treatment with a serious looking arm or shoulder injury that required him to go to hospital. Substitute Joel Wilson immediately replaced him and the resulting free-kick was blocked twice by the home defence.
In the 55th minute a Williams free-kick from some 40 yards out was spilled by the home keeper Barnes but nobody could take advantage and Rogers then collected a goal bound shot.
The all action match then saw substitute Wilson fire in from 35 yards almost beating the keeper who finger tipped away for a corner. At the other end on 73 minutes Rogers brilliantly tipped over and then made a further good follow up save.
On 80 minute substitute Max Wall came on for his first team debut replacing Williams while in the 90th minute a bad tackle on Blades saw Thetford’s Danny Willis shown a straight red card, with Blades also having to leave the field injured to be replaced by Miguel Lopez for the final few minutes.
A good workmanlike performance by the Royals had yielded another point, with a draw a fair result despite the visitors having more chances.
Kirkley & Pakefield: H Rogers, T Grint, K Haylock, L Hammond, J Herbert, E Whiteside, C Eagleton, J Haverson, K Baker (J Wilson 44), D Blades (M Lopez 90), G Williams (M Wall 80).