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Kirkley and Pakefield's unbeaten run continues

PUBLISHED: 14:56 14 September 2010 | UPDATED: 15:06 14 September 2010

THE Royals picked up a draw on their travels against a hard-working Mildenhall side at Recreation Way on Saturday.

"It was surely the best birthday present the striker could of wished for, as he celebrated becoming 17 by bringing his side level at the break."

Joe Randlesome

THE Royals picked up a draw on their travels against a hard-working Mildenhall side at Recreation Way on Saturday.

Following on from a great result over Norwich United, K&P had the chance to go top if they could better the result obtained by CRC, although they were faced with a potential banana skin encounter against a strong Mildenhall side, who played a lot better than their current league position would suggest.

As both teams attempted to gain a foothold in the game and cope with the difficult sloping pitch, Alex Holmes combined well with Rob Horton, although the final ball was slightly too long for Ali McKenna to latch onto. Liam Harvey-Cooper was also making some fine runs down the left hand side and he had two chances early on, both of which were blocked well by the home defence. Ryan Crisp, starting the game in place of Russell Stock, fired over on seven minutes and Horton’s piledriver sailed just over home keeper Josh Pope’s crossbar.

The home side did force Dave Attridge into a save on 18 minutes, after a strike from Wood was expertly palmed to safety. Yet it was the home side who broke the deadlock and they did so following a penalty award on 24 minutes. A right-wing cross from Cooper saw striker Sands fouled in the area and after saving the original penalty, Attridge could do nothing about the rebound, as Andrew Wood side-footed into the corner for 1-0.

To Kirkley’s credit, they were straight back in the Mildenhall penalty area as Harvey-Cooper, Holmes and McKenna had chances, all of which were thwarted by last gasp challenges from despairing defenders. The character in which Kirkley have shown this season after going a goal down was evident once more on 37th minutes, as Scott Manning slipped in Crisp who provided a super left footed finish past goalkeeper Pope for 1-1. It was a surely the best birthday present the striker could of wished for, as he celebrated becoming 17 by bringing his side level at the break.

In the second half, the Royals had the advantage of playing down the slope as Manning crossed for Crisp to head wide. The young striker then claimed a penalty after a deflection saw him bearing down on goal, although the referee waved play on. Holmes was once again looking dangerous, yet his afternoon was brought to an end earlier than he would have liked after a slight injury forced him to be replaced by Taz Grint.

Danger-man McKenna then tested Pope with a fierce drive and at the other end goalscorer Wood had his shot well blocked by the Kirkley defence. Substitute Oliver Holmes then woke up the home crowd with a rasping drive, which went just wide.

The Royals decided to replace Crisp with fellow striker Russell Stock and he was instantly involved as he played in Harvey-Cooper although his shot was well saved by Pope. As the Royals looked for a winner, Mildenhall defender Sean Hefferson seemed to be winning every challenge for his team as the home side was hanging on for a point. Debutant Adam Bellis was then brought on for K&P who were agonisingly close to unlocking the defence on many occasions, although for once, the final ball eluded them.

After Grint had been close to stealing in and Carter had a drive flash wide in stoppage time, the referee brought the game to an end with the Royals having to settle for a point.

K&P: Attridge, Carter, Manning, Jefford, De Coteau, Martin, Holmes, Horton, McKenna, Crisp, Harvey-Cooper. Subs: Stock (for Crisp), Grint (for Holmes), Bellis (for Harvey-Cooper), Raven.

Attendance: 103

MoM: R Crisp

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