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K&P pay penalty

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 05 July 2010

Whitton United 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 1

KIRKLEY and Pakefield paid the penalty, when on 79 minutes - for the second time this season - a player missed from the spot and the points went down the drain.

Whitton United 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 1

KIRKLEY and Pakefield paid the penalty, when on 79 minutes - for the second time this season - a player missed from the spot and the points went down the drain.

K&P huffed and puffed towards goal for no reward most of the game and the match finished with a coupon busting 1-1 draw against the bottom team in the table, who fought out their third consecutive draw.

On two minutes Chris Williams stunned K&P when unmarked in the box he received a pass from Canfer and had an open goal to surprise the visitors, whose keeper Woodcock was even more astonished.

Kirkley took time to regroup and it was not until the 15th minute that they looked dangerous, as a Louis Blois cross narrowly evaded the head of the inrushing duo of Nathan Stone and Lee Gilman.

This was followed by a wasteful Lee Hunter free kick.

A thrilling run by Chris Henderson then saw him pull the ball back for Hunter whose first timer was saved by keeper Ryan Beal with his legs.

In a breakaway move, the Canfer and Williams combination surfaced again and the latter nearly turned a ball into the Kirkley net at the far post, as Kirkley - like the pitch - found it hard work going downhill to find any rhythm.

On 34 minutes, Hunter neatly beat his full-back, chipped over a cross and Stone rose superbly but hit the crossbar.

As the half moved into the final five minutes, bottom of the table Whitton nearly hit a second goal, but keeper Woodcock produced a stunning fingertip save following Trevivalins' free kick from 22 yards out.

With K&P 1-0 down at the interval, centre-back James Cole moved up into the attack, trying to get an equaliser on 55 minutes, but got injured for his efforts, as he homed in a header.

For Whitton, Oliver Canfer hit a tremendous drive that was goal-bound all the way on the hour mark, but a tip-over by Woodcock saved the day for Kirkley.

After the introduction of tough tackling midfielder Matt Taunton, Kirkley drew level midway through the half when a Paul Highfield left-wing corner was glanced into the net via a header from Stone on the six-yard line.

There could have been a victory life-line with another Kirkley goal on 79 minutes from Jamie Stokeld, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, but he hit a very weak, poor penalty after Henderson had been fouled in the box.

Stuart Baker

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