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Kirkley & Pakefield held to their second successive goalless draw

PUBLISHED: 07:08 15 March 2019

Action from the Thurlow Nunn Premier League match between Kirkley & Pakefield and Wroxham, with former Norwich City defender Simon Lappin (right) in the thick of the action Picture: BRYAN GRINT

Action from the Thurlow Nunn Premier League match between Kirkley & Pakefield and Wroxham, with former Norwich City defender Simon Lappin (right) in the thick of the action Picture: BRYAN GRINT

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Kirkley & Pakefield fielded an unchanged starting 11 for last Saturday's Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division match at Walmer Road against Wroxham.

This fifth v sixth-placed clash saw both teams finish in the same positions after an uninspiring 0-0 draw, the Royals’ second in succession.

The match had very little early rhythm and was being spoilt by the strong wind.

With neither side taking control the first real chance came to the visitors on 25 minutes when Nathan Stewart shot from close in, with home keeper Adam Rix making a fine one-handed save. In the home defence Owen French made two impressive headed clearances.

On attack the Royals saw a Jack Herbert header win a corner and from this another good header from the same player was cleared. Keeper then Rix had to make good stop at the other end.

In this wind affected match the Royals started to assert some pressure after the interval and after one break Kyle Haylock lofted the ball over the keeper but just over the bar when looking a certainty to score. Callum Bell then produced another good move with Haylock, with his effort going out for a corner.

In the 65th minute Haylock produced another good run and a fine ball to Herbert who shot from inside the area, with George Macrae in the visitors’ goal making a good save.

The keeper then came out to beat Herbert to a crucial ball which stopped a clear run at goal before Herbert put Russell through, only for him to shoot wide. The home defence was holding up well, with a couple of shots by the Yachtsman going wide.

With five minutes remaining Ross King came on to replace Cameron Russell.

On 87 minutes Wroxham’s Harley Black saw red after a poor challenge on Miguel Lopez and from the resulting free-kick Lopez put in a good ball for Herbert whose glancing header was saved on the line. With little further action the match ended in a goalless stalemate.

East Point Sports Man of the Match: Owen French.

Kirkley & Pakefield: A Rix, C Bell, G Soares, L Hammond, J Herbert (capt), O French, H Creamer, M Lopez, C Russell (R King 85), K Haylock, J Haverson. Subs unused: L Flower, J Hutchinson.

This Saturday Kirkley & Pakefield travel to play fourth-placed Stowmarket Town (3pm).

The Reserves, after losing 3-2 to East Harling at Walmer Road in midweek, travelled to Attleborough Town last Saturday for an early kick-off and lost 3-1 in the Anglian Combination Division One league match. This Saturday they take on Easton at Walmer Road (2.30pm) and next Tuesday evening they host Yelverton under lights (7.30pm).

The U23s, away to Spexhall Huntsman & Hounds FC in a Division One match last Saturday, lost 1-0. The B team, at Dip Farm in a bottom-of-the-table match against Redwood United, won 1-0.

On Saturday the U23s play Norton Athletic on the Team Lauren Lou 3G Arena while the B team travel to Bradwell to play unbeaten Division Two league leaders Celt Rangers (both 2pm).

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