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K&P lose out in five goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 09:56 02 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:02 06 July 2010

Needham Market 3, Kirkley & Pakefield 2



BOTH teams had chances in the first 15 minutes of the match as the game hotted up in to a good encounter between two good sides.

Needham Market 3, Kirkley & Pakefield 2

BOTH teams had chances in the first 15 minutes of the match as the game hotted up in to a good encounter between two good sides. K&P took the lead on the quarter hour when the speedy Chris Henderson burst in to the box and was upended by Harrop. Up stepped keeper Robert Woodcock to fire home the penalty straight down the middle of the Needham goal.

Kirkley went after a quick second goal with efforts from Nathan Stone and Henderson but Needham finished the half the stronger and deservedly equalised when Barber found Harrop and his inch perfect cross was met with a flying Craig Parker header, which gave Woodcock no chance after 42 minutes.

Needham went ahead right on half time when Taz Grint pulled back the surging Horlock inside the penalty box and Danny Phillips fired home the rebound after Woodcock had saved his original penalty.

Needham started the second half as they had finished the first on top but Kirkley drew level on the hour against the run of play when Henderson mugged Butler and found Stone who slid the ball past the advancing Jones.

The next seven minutes was all Kirkley as they went in search of the winner with their best chance falling to Lewis Blois. Needham then came back and they won the game with 20 minutes to go when Angelo Harrop side footed home after Parker's effort had come back of the post.

K&P: R Woodcock, T Grint, L Blois, J Jefford (C), R De Coteau, I Dawson, S Martin, J Fox, B Stone, R Stock, C Henderson.

Subs: L Harvey-Cooper, S Manning, D Tacon.


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