K&P sunk by Yachtsmen

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 July 2010

Wroxham 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 0

Kirkley & Pakefield tumbled out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle after a tense and fractious encounter against Ridgeons League rivals Wroxham.

Wroxham 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 0

Kirkley & Pakefield tumbled out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle after a tense and fractious encounter against Ridgeons League rivals Wroxham.

And as well as their third straight defeat of the season, K&P are set to lose former Wroxham midfielder Justin Fox after he was sent off with 15 minutes remaining.

With three former Wroxham players in the Kirkley side, both teams had something to prove, as well as winning this FA Cup Extra Preliminary.

The first chance fell to K&P, but Lee Gilman's effort was deflected for a corner which came to nothing.

For Wroxham, Gary Gilmore beat four defenders to send Cook away, but a corner was the only result.

Key seemed certain to create a scoring chance for the Yachtsmen but Jamie Stokeld wrapped his arm round the Wroxham player and the referee awarded the free-kick, which was cleared from the edge of the six-yard box.

There was nothing between these two teams, but the Yachtsmen advanced with promise with a number of contiguous passing movements, which ended with Alex Notman producing a 24-yard sizzler which missed the target by a couple of feet.

Still Damian Hilton's men pressed forward and another passing sequence between Gilmore, the teenager Atkins and Notman ended with Cook narrowly heading over the crossbar.

At the other end, Gilman seemed free to pick his spot, but the flag was up as he had strayed into an offside position.

It seemed the visitors would break the deadlock when Chris Henderson let fly from 12 yards, but McAnally had narrowed the angle splendidly and blocked the effort which flew out to the touchline.

K&P substitute Bodie Carter found himself free on the edge of the box, but he dallied, topped his shot and the keeper gathered easily.

Wroxham broke the deadlock five minutes after the break, when they attacked in numbers.

Lemmon created the chance for Gary Gilmore, who, with a left-foot blinder, beat the former Wroxham keeper Robert Woodcock from 14 yards.

K&P were stung into action, but McAnally in the home goal remained untroubled when Stokeld belted the ball into the farmland behind the goal.

The visitors, who had lost both their two league games so far, stepped up the tempo, but despite two yellow cards for White and Lemmon in a colourful combination, the home team remained resolute and maintained their shape.

Wroxham helped Josh Carus off with a gashed head and Colin Wines filled the left back position with Howes moving to central defence.

K&P now were adopting desperation tactics and Gilman was shown a yellow card for dissent after being correctly flagged offside.

With 15 minutes left an ugly shambles and violent conduct around the centre circle ended with Andy Key and Damien Hilton being shown red cards for getting involved in the incident, quite unnecessarily, while Fox K&P's midfielder who instigated the problem with a serious foul was also dismissed.

Wroxham hung on to earn the £750 prize money and passage into the next round while K&P were left licking their wounds from their third successive defeat this season.

Kirkley and Pakefield: Woodcock, DeCoteau, Blois, Jefford, Cole, Dawson, Henderson, Fox, Hunter, Gilman, Stokeld.

Subs: Highfield, Carter, Bemmant, Burrows, Pauling.

Roy Webster

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