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Kirkley and Pakefield FC end season with a flourish

PUBLISHED: 16:28 08 May 2014 | UPDATED: 16:28 08 May 2014

Kirkley and Pakefield FC versus Newmarket at Walmer Road. Pictures: MICK HOWES.

Kirkley and Pakefield FC versus Newmarket at Walmer Road. Pictures: MICK HOWES.

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In their last Thurlow Nunn Premier Division league match of the season last Saturday, the K&P first team entertained Newmarket Town FC with both teams containing several youth players.

Kirkley and Pakefield FC versus Newmarket at Walmer Road. Pictures: MICK HOWES.Kirkley and Pakefield FC versus Newmarket at Walmer Road. Pictures: MICK HOWES.

The Royals gave a starting debut to highly thought of 16-year-old Ben George at full-back, while Kaiden Goldspink, Cameron Brooks, Nathan Russell and Hayden Rogers – all youth team regulars – all started.

In a highly entertaining match, full of good football from the start from both teams, the home team took a 10th-minute lead with a 20-yard strike from Brooks.

The Jockeys responded in the 28th minute with a good move down the right, an excellent centre, and a superb diving header to level the score. On 35 minutes Ian Hunter struck with a flying volley from 25 yards that gave the keeper no chance, making it 2-1 at half-time.

The start of the second half saw Kyle Baker replace Goldspink and just 10 minutes into the half he was on the scoresheet with a well-hit shot from the 18-yard box after good work and centre by Chris Bond. The play swung from end to end then on 86 minutes sub Tarren Grint crossed to Baker for him to round the keeper and score his second – a good display and 4-1 victory for the Royals to end their season on.

After the game match sponsor Darrell Hibbett, of East Point Sports, named debutant Ben George as man of the match.

Before the match there was a presentation of a defibrillator to the club by Christine Lea, mother of Sam Jaggard – a former Kirkley and Pakefield youth player, one of two teenage persons who tragically lost their life in an accident in July 2012.

The defibrillator has been paid for by a third from the FA, a third from Heart Foundation and a third contributed by donation from Christine in memory of Sam.

All sections at Kirkley & Pakefield FC are extremely indebted to Christine, the FA and Heart Foundation for this life-saving and valuable piece of medical equipment for which some club officials have already had tuition.

The adult section of K&P FC will be holding their annual general meeting in the KPSSC clubhouse next Saturday, May 17 at 9.30am. All committee and any other interested persons are invited.

The Royalist

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