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K&P Royals run is over

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:38 05 July 2010

Woodbridge Town 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 0

THE wheels came off the wagon yet again for a K&P side that slipped to their second defeat running this time to relegation threatened Woodbridge by a 1-0 margin.

Woodbridge Town 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 0

THE wheels came off the wagon yet again for a K&P side that slipped to their second defeat running this time to relegation threatened Woodbridge by a 1-0 margin.

After their long unbeaten spell came to a sudden halt against Harwich & Parkeston, K&P went into Wednesday's game hoping to start a new run, writes Stuart Baker.

They brought in Scott Manning for a belated start to the season at left-back and he produced a man of the match performance.

What chances there were in the first half fell to K&P with Henderson marauding down the left-hand side and bringing a fingertip save over the bar by Woodbridge's reserve keeper Rose on 20 minutes.

Michael Tacon snatched at a couple of efforts towards the home goal.

K&P won the corner count in the first half but fell behind right on the half-time whistle with a slightly fortuitous penalty given against them when Snell tumbled to the ground under the diving Woodcock.

Referee Sendell pointed to the spot and Woodbridge snatched the lead via striker Paul Hart who struck his penalty towards the right-hand side.

Rob Horton entered the referee's book in the second half as K&P huffed and puffed trying to break down a well-drilled home defence and their chances were limited.

The best being a good run by Tacon who found space on the left and drove his shot inches over the crossbar.

Seventeen-year-old Tarren Grint made his debut with seven minutes to go but as time ran out the home team ran out worthy winners.

K&P: R Woodcock, R De-Coteau, S Manning, J Jefford, J Cole, I Dawson, L Harvey-Cooper, R Horton, M Tacon, A Blake, C Henderson. Subs: D Tacon, J Bemmant, T Grint, L Blois.

K&P 1, Harwich & Parkeston 2

FOR the fifth season in a row visitors Harwich held the Indian sign over K&P whose number one bogey side came back from a half-time deficit and deservedly earned the points against a lacklustre home side.

K&P looked a yard off the pace, especially in the second period, writes Stuart Baker.

K&P had two players in the shape of skipper Justin Fox and leading scorer Nathan Stone missing through suspension and the home side kicked off winning two corners in the first two minutes which came to nothing.

The next 20 were instantly forgettable with the match being condensed into a midfield mass of players. 25 minutes came and went with still not a sight of a shot at goal by either side.

On the half hour mark after a melee in the home goal area, following a free-kick, saw Darren Bethall hit the ball two yards wide with the simplest of chances.

Robert Woodcock then brought off a reflex save to deny the same player and the rebound flew miles over.

The dreary deadlock was broken on 35 minutes from a set piece move with an inch perfect goal.

A Robert Horton left wing corner kick found the head of defender James Cole who rose superbly and headed home a powerful effort out of the reach of keeper Munson to give K&P a half-time lead.

Harwich came out attacking and Sam Eldridge hit a first timer 10 yards over the bar on 56 minutes as second-placed K&P began to cave-in under pressure from the visitors.

Martin Calver hooked the ball onto the top of the net on 64 minutes and two minutes later the scoreline changed when Harwich won a handball decision in the box after Horton punched the ball away.

From the initial penalty Bethall had his shot saved but Eldridge, following up, was first to the ball to rifle it home.

K&P had two sound claims for penalties turned down and from the second incident the ball was swept to the other end on 83 minutes which saw Matt Carmichael turn the ball passed Woodcock to end their unbeaten run in 2009.

As time ran out Blyth hit the crossbar and Sivell the post in a frantic finale.

K&P: R Woodcock, R de Coteau, L Blois, J Jefford, J Cole, I Dawson, L Harvey, R Horton, J Blyth, A Blake, C Henderson. Subs: D Tacon, A Sivell, M Tacon.

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