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Kirkley & Pakefield 2 Woodbridge Town 1: Another hard-fought victory for Royals

PUBLISHED: 08:17 28 December 2018

Thurlow Nunn Premier League: Kirkley & Pakefield 2 Woodbridge Town 1.

Thurlow Nunn Premier League: Kirkley & Pakefield 2 Woodbridge Town 1.

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Kirkley and Pakefield saw off fellow high-flyers Woodbridge Town at Walmer Road on Boxing Day to stay in touch with the front-runners in the top flight of the Thurlow Nunn League.

In a game that pitted fifth against sixth, all of the goals came in the second half, with the Royals edging a tight game after going two up.

Ross King fired the home side in front from long range and Cameron Russell made it 2-0 from the spot before former professional Carlos Edwards reduced the arrears from a free-kick.

Lewis Flower was named man of the match and received his award from sponsor Darrell Hammond of ODE.

Team: Blowers, Bell, Wall, Hammond, Herbert (c), Haylock, Haverson, King, Goldspink, Russell. Subs: Soares, Will, Baldwin, Lopez, Hutchinson.

Kirkley & Pakefield 3 Hadleigh United 2

Kaiden Goldspink struck three minutes from time to earn Kirkley & Pakefield a hard-fought victory in their final Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division game before Christmas.

Against a side needing points to move away from the Premier Division relegation zone the Royals had to come from 2-1 down to take the points, with all five goals goals coming in the second half.

The early stages of the match were played in bright sunshine on a near perfect Walmer Road pitch but the first half was anything but bright with neither side creating many clear-cut chances and long range free-kicks the nearest either side came to a goal.

The Royals upped the tempo in the second half and scored first on 59 minutes with a left footed shot from Ross King near the edge of the area, but straight from the restart Hadleigh went down the other end and Kyle Cassell equalised.

In the 63rd minute Brett Crisp put Hadleigh in front with a good finish. The same player netted a few minutes later but was ruled offside.

In the 78th minute Kaiden Goldspink had a glorious chance for the Royals after being put through and beating both the advancing keeper and defender but he saw his shot hit the side-netting.

Following a corner in the 80th minute Jack Herbert hit a sweet shot in from the edge of the area to level the scores at 2-2. The game then switched from end to end play with Goldspink firing in what was to be the Royals’ winner on 87 minutes.

After a dull first half the good sized crowd had more entertainment in the second period and three welcome home points moved the Royals up a position to sixth place.

The East Point Sports man-of-the-match was Jack Herbert.

Team: A Blowers, C Bell, M Wall, L Hammond, J Herbert (c), L Flower, K Haylock, L Will (K Baldwin 70), K Goldspink, R King, J Haverson.

Unused subs: G Soares, H Creamer.

On Saturday Kirkley & Pakefield travel to Mundford Road to play Thetford Town in their final match league match of 2018, with the home side now too close to the relegation for comfort after losing four matches on the trot.

The K&PFC U23s came back from 3-0 down against Norton Athletic on the Team Lauren Lou 3G Arena to finish with an exciting 3-3 draw in their latest Lowestoft League fixture.

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