K&P seal late win in seven-goal thriller

Celebrations after Kirkley & Pakefield's late winner as they triumphed 4-3 over Long Melford at Walm

Celebrations after Kirkley & Pakefield's late winner as they triumphed 4-3 over Long Melford at Walmer Road. Pictures: Bryan Grint - Credit: Archant

If it is excitement and goals you want, Walmer Road is the place to be after last Saturday saw the second 4-3 win for Kirkley & Pakefield FC in a week – bringing a total of 20 goals scored there in their last three home matches.

The corner leading to Kirkley & Pakefield's late winner as they triumphed 4-3 over Long Melford at W

The corner leading to Kirkley & Pakefield's late winner as they triumphed 4-3 over Long Melford at Walmer Road. Pictures: Bryan Grint - Credit: Archant

The Royals kept the same starting line up for the visit of lowly Long Melford in this Thurlow Nunn Premier Division clash.

It was the visitors who made the early running with their centre forward going clean through on 15 minutes only for home keeper Smith to make a good save.

Kirkley & Pakefield's late winner as they triumphed 4-3 over Long Melford at Walmer Road. Pictures:

Kirkley & Pakefield's late winner as they triumphed 4-3 over Long Melford at Walmer Road. Pictures: Bryan Grint - Credit: Archant

Against the run of play on 32 minutes a K&P throw in found Kyle Haylock who after good work on the edge of the area passed to Cameron Russell who fired home well to put the Royals 1-0 ahead.

Just before the interval Long Melford fought back to equalise with a neat goal.

Action from Kirkley & Pakefield's 4-3 win over Long Melford at Walmer Road. Pictures: Bryan Grint

Action from Kirkley & Pakefield's 4-3 win over Long Melford at Walmer Road. Pictures: Bryan Grint - Credit: Archant


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The second half was only three minutes old when Danny Conroy fired the Royals back in front with a good shot on the edge of the area passing a stranded keeper.

On 70 minutes the visitors equalised once more as Jose hit a good shot past Smith.

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After 80 minutes Cameron Brooks replaced Ben George then two minutes later Kieren Underdown was injured to be replaced by Kaiden Goldspink.

In the 86th minute the ball was sent forward leading to the Long Melford keeper coming out from his goal, leaving Conroy to then brilliantly lob the keeper from 20 yards out.

The game looked to be all over but there was still more to come with yet another equaliser on 89 minutes as Jacob Brown hit a cracking shot home from over 25 yards out.

The Royals won a corner on 90 minutes and Ant Cox’s delivery saw Kaiden Goldspink rise above all in a crowded area to superbly head home to put the Royals 4-3 ahead.

In added on time there was a bad foul near the centre circle on Callum Bell by Long Melford substitute Finlay Shorten who was shown a straight red card, to end an eventful match on a sour note.

K&P: J Smith, C Bell, A Cox, B George (C Brooks), J Herbert, L Flower, K Haylock, K Underdown (K Goldspink), D Conroy, J Haverson, C Russell. Unused: J Barbor, M Willis, M Wright.

With no midweek match for the next two weeks, on Saturday the third placed Royals travel to play Woodbridge Town, 3pm ko.

The Royals Reserves sank to their second consecutive 5-0 away defeat at Stalham last Saturday.

This Saturday they return to Walmer Road, 2pm ko, where Watton United are their opponents.

On Wednesday, October 28 the Reserves play Bungay Town at Walmer Road, 7.30pm ko, in the Suffolk FA Senior Cup.

Last Saturday saw the first inter club ‘derby’ in the Lowestoft & District League for several seasons when K&PFC U23s came out 2-0 victors against K&PFC ’B’ team in a Division 1 match.

This coming Saturday the ‘B’ team are at home on the 3G Arena to Mariners FC, 2pm ko, with no match for the U23s.

Colin Smith

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