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Kirkley & Pakefield lose 5-0 at Stowmarket - but it could have been a different story

PUBLISHED: 08:46 22 March 2019

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Kirkley & Pakefield suffered a tough day on the road as their failure to take chances contributed to a heavy defeat.

For the third successive match the Royals fielded an unchanged starting 11 for the trip to fourth placed Stowmarket.

On a difficult pitch, with strong gusting winds not helping match conditions, the first action on 13 minutes saw a home free-kick pumped forward for Sam Nunn to fire in from close range and Adam Rix make a brilliant save.

The Royals went straight down the other end with first Cameron Russell and then Owen French having good shots well saved at the near post by former Kirkley keeper Callum Robinson. Kyle Haylock then produced a fine run down the right wing and fired across goal, with both Herbert and Russell unable to connect.

Haylock took a long throw that went to Jordan Haverson whose shot was well saved and the home keeper then prevented two headers from going in, with the home goal living a charmed life in the first 25 minutes.

Then the home team attacked through Scott Chaplin who after being put through evaded two defenders and fired over the advancing keeper, only to see his shot go just wide. On the half hour mark Stowmarket took an undeserved lead when a Josh Mayhew header produced a finger tip save from Rix, only for Chaplin to tap over the line.

A Lopez free-kick was floated in on goal only for Robinson to collect while at the other end Rix made a couple of good punched out clearances and then Callum Bell made a great tackling stop before Rix saved well low down.

However on the stroke of half-time a fine strike by Mayhew put the home team 2-0 up.

The game had barely restarted when an unfortunate third was conceded after Rix had saved well from Chaplin. Harry Creamer attempted to clear but the ball hit the chest of George Quantrell and deflected into the net.

On the hour mark Ollie Canfer scored the fourth after a good four man attacking move. Then Josh Mayhew fired in two good shots, the first being saved by Rix and the second slamming against the underside of the bar and coming back out. The home team were having most of the play now but two Royals efforts saw the keeper deny Haylock and Lopez fire just over.

The Royals introduced Jack Hutchinson and Jake Spooner with 10 minutes remaining and with his first play in senior football Spooner made a superb tackle. Then, with the last kick of the game, Stowmarket substitute Robbie Sweeney dribbled through to score number five.

Team: A Rix, C Bell (J Hutchinson 79), G Soares (K Goldspink 55), L Hammond, J Herbert (c), O French, H Creamer, M Lopez, C Russell (J Spooner 81), K Haylock, J Haverson.

Kirkley & Pakefield are back at Walmer Road on Saturday when they play Newmarket Town, 3pm.

Next Tuesday (March 26) the Royals play at Walmer Road in the rearranged match with league leaders Histon (7.45pm), the earlier match having been abandoned with the score a 1-1 after 58 minutes after a serious injury to home player Dylan Blades who has not played since.

The Reserves continued a bad afternoon for the club with a 6-0 home league defeat to Easton. This Saturday they travel to play Fakenham Town Reserves (2.30pm).

The U23s had a 2-2 draw at home to Norton Athletic while The B team lost 3-0 at league leaders Celt Rangers. On Saturday the U23s play league champions Mutford & Wrentham in the Mick Johnson League KO Cup on the Team Lauren Lou 3G Arena (2pm).

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