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K&P up to third after fine win

PUBLISHED: 17:39 15 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 05 July 2010

Mark Boggis

THE poor weather decimated the local football scene as a number of matches were either abandoned or called off before the start of games.

The conditions put pay to Lowestoft's chances of picking up three points from their Ridgeons League clash at Norwich United, but there was more good news for Kirkley and Pakefield.

Mark Boggis

THE poor weather decimated the local football scene as a number of matches were either abandoned or called off before the start of games.

The conditions put pay to Lowestoft's chances of picking up three points from their Ridgeons League clash at Norwich United, but there was more good news for Kirkley and Pakefield.

Ever since The Journal revealed their new nickname last month, The KP Royals have secured four wins and a draw from their past five games.

Saturday's game at home to Walsham-le-Willows was only one of a handful to survive the weather - and Nick Shorten's men were grateful for playing in the treacherous conditions as they picked up another three points thanks to a late Justin Fox goal, which secured a 1-0 victory.

Playing into the strong wind in the first half, K&P managed to survive until half-time with the game scoreless.

They then took control in the second half and got the decisive goal in the 78th minute, as Fox collected the ball 25 yards out and fired an unstoppable shot past the startled Walsham keeper.

Prior to the game, K&P were fourth and the table and Walsham were fifth, but this win has moved Shorten's side up into third - and they are now just two points behind second-placed Dereham Town, with two games in hand of their Norfolk rivals.

Lowestoft still head the table on 45 points from 18 games, and they are eight points ahead of K&P with the Walmer Road outfit having played 19 league games.

Weather permitting, K&P will be back in action at Walmer Road this Wednesday as they entertain Leiston in the KO Cup.

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