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Kirkley & Pakefield cruise to victory over Godmanchester

PUBLISHED: 14:58 27 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:01 27 November 2019

Kirkley eased to a 4-1 win over Godmanchester Rovers. Picture: Archant

Kirkley eased to a 4-1 win over Godmanchester Rovers. Picture: Archant

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Kirkley & Pakefield eased to a 4-1 win over Godmanchester Rovers in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division last weekend.

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A minute's silence was observed before last Saturday's match at Walmer Road in respect of the long serving Suffolk County FA president Gordon Blake who had passed away during the week.

The Thurlow Nunn Premier Division League match saw Kirkley & Pakefield entertaining Godmanchester Rovers, the home team started with a much changed line-up with at least five regulars missing but were glad to welcome back former first teamer Bodie Carter to the club after a few seasons away.

The Royals got off to a great start when they took the lead on six minutes after a Goldspink free-kick from just outside the area was half saved by the keeper, Cameron Russell was on hand to fire in the rebound.

On 14 minutes Kaiden Goldspink's shot was saved by the keeper but Goldspink followed up to score the Royals' second.

A third was scored by Russell on 30 minutes but was a judged to be fractionally offside.

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Godmanchester pulled one back after 40 minutes through Charlie Coulson, then just before half-time they had the ball in the net again but this was ruled out for offside.

On 64 minutes the Royals gave themselves some breathing space with a third goal when a fine centre by Kyle Baker saw Goldspink rise to header in a fine goal.

On 70 minutes we saw a lengthy stoppage with treatment to Baker and Conroy, the away keeper, after a nasty collision with both players going for the ball in the area. Both were able to resume although feeling their injures.

The Royals introduced young Ryan Howes as a substitute on 75 minutes and almost immediately he made an impact, chasing down and stopping the ball from going out. He then shot in from a ridiculously acute angle to somehow find the net for his first senior goal to make the score safe at 4-1.

This young Royals team put in a fine performance with some excellent football, this bodes well for the club but gives manager Gary McGee some nice team selection headaches for this coming Saturday's FA Vase third round match at Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side Newport Pagnell Town, 3pm. If a replay is required it will be at Walmer Road on Tuesday, 7.45pm.

Team: J Smith, M Wilson, G Soares, B George, H Creamer, B Carter (R Howes 75), K Baker (A Meeken 81), I Dawson, K Goldspink, J Haverson, C Russell (K Haylock 70). Subs unused: L Flower, I Barber.

The Royals Reserves played away at Emerald Park last Saturday against second-placed Gorleston Reserves and put in an excellent performance to come away with a 2-0 win with goals from Connor Borrett and Gary Williams. This Saturday they are on their travels again when they visit Plantation Park, Blofield to play Norwich United U23s, 2.30pm.

Last Thursday saw the K&PFC U18s draw 2-2 at Gorleston with AFC Royals losing once again 8-1 at home to Wroxham. This coming Thursday, December 5 sees the club 'derby' at Walmer Road when AFC Royals host the K&PFC U18s in the Thurlow Nunn U18s Youth League, 7.45pm.

Kirkley & Pakefield B team continued their fine form last Saturday when progressing to the next round of the Suffolk Primary Cup with a 4-2 win against Ransome Sports Resources. On Saturday the B team currently top of L&DFL Division Two have a top of the table clash with second placed Gunton FC at Ormiston Dene's Academy, 2pm. The U23s had a 1-1 draw away at Waveney A, this Saturday they are at home on the Team Lauren Lou 3G Arena against Mariners FC, 2pm.

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