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Kirkley & Pakefield beaten in five-goal thriller after improved display

PUBLISHED: 08:57 29 September 2017

Eyes on the ball as a corner comes over during Kirkley & Pakefield's narrow defeat at Gorleston on Tuesday evening. Picture: Brian Grint

Eyes on the ball as a corner comes over during Kirkley & Pakefield's narrow defeat at Gorleston on Tuesday evening. Picture: Brian Grint

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Kirkley & Pakefield returned home empty handed from Emerald Park on Tuesday evening after seeing their good work undone by a late goal.

The Royals lost the corresponding home fixture 4-0 in their first league match of the season and put in an improved display this time around, taking an early lead and then equalising in the second half after the Greens had gone 2-1 up.

On 16 minutes a long ball into the area saw Miguel Lopez run in to beat defender and keeper to the ball and give the Royals an early lead.

The home team’s first real attempt at goal came on 32 minutes when Kyle Ingram shot over from 25 yards. Then the same player fired wide of the post shortly after.

With the interval looming Jordan Haverson produced some good work into the area but could not match it with the finish.

The Greens broke away and got a corner which was headed back from the by-line for the lively Connor Ingram to hit in an equaliser on the 45 minutes.

In the 47th minute Kyle Haylock ran half the length of the pitch before passing but could not finish off the return pass. Gary Williams then had a well hit 30 yard shot saved and there was a good bout of good defending before a free-kick that resulted in a cracking shot by Connor Deeks putting the Greens ahead in the 65th minute.

Five minutes later the Royals were back on level terms after a nod on from Haverson saw Haylock finish off. Shortly afterwards the home team were down to 10 men when captain Harley Clements brought down Haverson and received his second yellow card of the night followed by the red.

On 81 minutes Connor Ingram capitalised on a Jack Herbert mistake to slam home his second of the night and Gorleston’s third.

In the final minute following a corner, a scramble in the Gorleston area saw Herbert’s shot from under five yards out saved by keeper Taurean Molloy. This saw the Greens to a narrow 3-2 win in a very keenly-contested match to complete a derby double. It was a much more encouraging Royals performance than Saturday and in defeat the whole team competed well.

Kirkley & Pakefield: A Rix, M Wilson, T Grint, L Hammond, J Herbert, L Flower, K Haylock (J Wilson 86), G Williams, J Haverson, M Lopez, M Holt (D Blades 86). Sub unused: J Jenner.

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