Kirkley hit Wivenhoe for four as they prepare to face title chasers, Gorleston
PUBLISHED: 11:20 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 01 March 2017
Kirkley & Pakefield were in action against last season's Division One champions Wivenhoe Town and won 4-1 to complete a quick double, having won 3-0 a few weeks ago in Essex.
The home team opened brightly and with four minutes gone, following good play by Grint and Will, leading scorer Ross King brought a good save from keeper Ben Gallifant.
Play flowed from end to end for the majority of the half but just before half time the Dragons almost took the lead when they had a shot thunder against the bar.
But on 44 minutes Jordan Haverson put the Royals ahead with a fine shot from the edge of the area.
The second half saw the home team revitalised by that late goal and King soon scored his 20th goal of the season to double the lead.
On 69 minutes Tibbles saved well but a minute later Wivenhoe centre forward Joe McCracken slotted home after Tibbles had saved his first attempt.
On 72 minutes play was held up for five minutes for keeper Tibbles to receive treatment after a nasty clash. After treatment Tibbles continued but was hobbling.
Another good move on 76 minutes by Stone, King and Will saw Haverson tap in his second to put Royals 3-1 up.
Youth team player Kyle Haylock replaced the hard-working Will and a few seconds later, following good work from Elliot Whiteside, the 16-year-old scored his debut first-team goal to complete the scoring and a well deserved 4-1 win.
K&P: Tibbles, Grint, Whiteside, Hammond, Herbert, Flower, Smith, Haverson, Stone, King, Will. Subs: Eagleton, Patrick, Haylock.
Kirkley & Pakefield make the trip to Emerald Park tonight to play title-chasing Gorleston in a league match at 7.45pm.
Saturday saw Royals Reserves travel to play fifth-placed Mulbarton Wanderers and picked up a point in a 1-1 draw thanks to Jack Jenner hitting a late 35-yarder. Tomorrow they are at Walmer Road with the return match with Acle at 2.30pm.
The A team went down 4-1 at AC Mill Lane with the B team winning 1-0 at Bungay A. Tomorrow the A team go to Ellingham and the B have a home match with Carlton Colville Town, both at 2pm.