KIRKLEY FC: It's points that matter

ROYALS REVIEWIT has been a mixed week for us to be honest.On Saturday, we scored four good goals and missed quite a few more chances that could've seen us hitting double figures.


IT has been a mixed week for us to be honest.

On Saturday, we scored four good goals and missed quite a few more chances that could've seen us hitting double figures. I was a bit disappointed to concede two late goals as we switched off, but overall it was another three points.

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After going 4-0 up into the second half we should have gone on to boost our goal difference further but we lost concentration and conceded two late goals.

On Wednesday night we went to CRC and to be honest, it was really disappointing. People will look at the result and think it was a heavy defeat, but really the performance was okay for long periods of the game and we were well in the match.

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But we gifted them two goals through two poor individual errors, which the players have held their hands up for. And when you play a side like CRC, who are effectively full-time, you will get found out for these mistakes - as we did.

We went from being 1-0 down and well in the game to 3-0 down and out of it very quickly before half time. But for periods of the game we were well in it as their keeper made four really good saves and I feel had we not made those errors it would've been very tight.

We did get a goal back early in the second half through Ally McKenna and I felt we played really well in the second half. We kept the ball a lot better and put more pressure on the ball, as we didn't have that zip or tempo to our game in the opening period.

At 3-1 their keeper made a wonder save to tip Scott Martin's effort onto the bar and we also had other opportunities blocked or saved. But near the end of the game they added a fourth and overall I think that the performance was not that bad and not really a 4-1 scoreline.

If we had won the game we could've kept the pressure on at the top of the table, but we'll learn a lot from this result and it all goes towards the final at the end of the campaign and next season.

We need one point now to effectively finish fourth, but we're aiming to bounce back in what will be a tough game at Wisbech. Leiston's run-in should be comfortable, so it may be difficult for us to get third but with Needham Market and CRC battling it out at the top we still have to play Needham twice in the league and cup final - so it's all still to play for.

At this stage of the season, you want to be competing still and we are.

Nathan Stone is likely to miss out tomorrow after he gashed his knee on Wednesday, but we hope that James Cole will be back for Saturday.

Bodie Carter and Liam Harvey-Cooper are pushing for a start after they were rested on Wednesday, and Dave Tarawalli will return for the following Saturday - so we are getting there in terms of numbers, while Nathan should be okay for the final run-in as well.

Stewart Larter was speaking to Mark Boggis

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