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Kirkley boss pleased with display

PUBLISHED: 11:34 28 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:18 06 July 2010

Hinckley United 2, Kirkley & Pakefield 1

KIRKLEY & Pakefield joint manager Jon Reynolds was pleased with his side despite their FA Cup second qualifying round defeat in Leicestershire.

Hinckley United 2, Kirkley & Pakefield 1

KIRKLEY & Pakefield joint manager Jon Reynolds was pleased with his side despite their FA Cup second qualifying round defeat in Leicestershire.

The Royals were leading after 40 minutes of the game against the Conference North side - who played three steps higher - thanks to a fine goal by centre forward Russell Stock.

But the visitors conceded an equaliser just before half-time, and the Knitters' quality eventually told when an Andy Gooding strike ended K&P's brave resistance.

However, Reynolds said he was impressed with the character of his Ridgeons League Premier Division side who started the game as massive underdogs.

“It was a really good day,” he said. “Two bus loads went up and I think everybody really enjoyed themselves.

“The first 15 minutes where fairly even and when Stocky went through to chip the ball into the top corner, we were euphoric to be honest.

“They were obviously a very good side and they scored at a very bad time for us just before half time and in the second half their class and fitness did show.

“But we were very pleased that the lads did show their character and we told them after the game how pleased we were.”

Reynolds hopes his side can take their performance into another cup competition - the FA Vase - where they have a far more realistic chance of reaching a Wembley final.

“We've got an FA Vase game on Saturday (against Newmarket) and although we were never going to get to an FA Cup final, the Vase is a different standard and we're not going to face a team as good as Hinckley in the competition,” said Reynolds, who hopes his team can emulate neighbours Lowestoft Town who played at the home of English football in the 2008 Vase final.

Reynolds' men were dreaming of a place in today's FA Cup third round qualifying draw when Stock silenced the home crowd on 25 minutes. The big front man got onto the end of a Ian Dawson through ball and superbly chipped the home keeper.

From then on, the fast and accurate Hinckley team stormed the visitors' goal but it took a set piece corner move to bring the scores level on 39 minutes. Lee Collins headed on for Matt West to nip between two defenders to score into the corner of the net.

It was one-way traffic in the second half, with Robert Woodcock pulling off some brave saves for the Royals, and Chucki Eribenne hitting the angle of the crossbar.

K&P soaked up the pressure very well, with defenders Joe Jefford and James Cole outstanding, but they were left heartbroken after 73 minutes as Andy Gooding slotted in a loose ball to end their FA Cup dreams for another year.

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