Kirkley and Pakefield FC reports

PUBLISHED: 11:40 19 November 2010

Ridgeons Premier League

Norwich United 1, 
Kirkley & Pakefield 0

THE Royals lost by the odd goal at Plantation Park as they were beaten by Norwich United, who once more included former players Justin Fox, Lee Hunter and Andy Key.

The away side couldn’t put the disappointment of losing to Long Buckby in the FA Vase behind them as a scrappy affair, played in heavy fog, ended in defeat.

The Royals included Matty Potter at centre-back, as Ryan De Coteau didn’t travel with the team, and Liam Harvey-Cooper was also selected, replacing Ali McKenna.

It was Harvey-Cooper who piled on the pressure in the early stages as his left foot shot flew past keeper Ben Nower’s post in the first minute.

Kirkley were keeping possession well, playing a patient game and looking to stretch Norwich United at every available opportunity by switching the play on each flank.

On 26 minutes Scott Martin forced Nower into a fine flying save from a long range pile-driver as the Royals edged closer to opening the scoring.

However, it was soon Norwich United’s turn to attack as Attridge brilliantly stopped Justin Fox’s shot with his legs. Y

et just moments later, following a succession of dangerous corners, the Royals were behind. Hunter’s cross was headed onto the crossbar in the melee of the six yard box and, unfortunately for Kirkley, the loose ball was hammered into the net by central defender Steve Shipley to send Norwich United 1-0 up.

However, Jon Reynolds’ men have a never say die attitude in games, and this was apparent once more following the goal as Stock played in Crisp, yet the keeper smothered the striker’s effort when he was clean through on goal.

As the clock neared 45 minutes, Claydon and Robinson had half chances for the home side, and Stock glanced a header wide as Kirkley looked for a spark that would get them back into the game.

After the interval Harvey-Cooper started in the same vain as the first half shooting over from a tight angle.

Crisp looked to sneak in on 65 minutes, yet he was harshly penalised for clipping a defender while bearing down on goal.

As the away side looked to come forward, they did leave themselves exposed to the counter attack which was utilised well by Ross King on many occasions, but no real clear goalscoring opportunities materialised.

As the game edged towards the closing stages, the K&P pressure seemed to ease somewhat with the closest effort coming from Crisp’s flick.

Alex Holmes and Rory French, both attacking players, emerged from the bench late on for the Royals, yet they could do nothing to change the scoreline and Norwich held on for the points.

K&P: Attridge, Grint, Manning, Jefford, Potter, Martin, Carter, Dawson, Stock, Crisp, Harvey-Cooper. Subs: Holmes (for Martin), Risby, French (for Stock).

Joe Randlesome

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