Kirkley & Pakefield 1 Haverhill Rovers 0: Russell’s early penalty seals points for Royals

PUBLISHED: 06:27 12 April 2019

Kirkley & Pakefield put Haverhill Rovers under pressure during Saturday's match at Walmer Road Picture: BRYAN GRINT

Kirkley & Pakefield put Haverhill Rovers under pressure during Saturday's match at Walmer Road Picture: BRYAN GRINT


Kirkley & Pakefield claimed a narrow win in their penultimate home game of the season at a murky and rainy Walmer Road.

An early goalmouth melee saw Kyle Haylock shoot wide and then Kaiden Goldspink fought well to win the ball from the keeper. He put in a fine shot which was cleared off the line and this was picked up by Miguel Lopez who was fouled for a penalty.

Cameron Russell stepped up to hit a well-struck shot wide of the keeper into the bottom left hand corner for an eighth minute lead for the Royals.

With the opposition showing very little the home team had a few good chances with all going wide or high. Haverhill had probably their best chance on 65 minutes with a free-kick on the edge of the area - Sam Bennett hit the kick into the wall and from the rebound shot wide.

On 70 minutes Jordan Haverson instigated a good move with some fine skills passing wide to Lopez and his pass to Haylock saw his shot skim the bar with the keeper beaten.

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A good Haylock run saw a Goldspink shot saved by keeper George Bugg.

It was a hard-fought but dull end of season game for the Royals resembling the weather but yielded a useful three points which kept them sixth in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table.

East Point Sport Man of the Match: Miguel Lopez.

Kirkley & Pakefield: A Rix, C Bell, G Soares, L Hammond, J Herbert (capt), L Flower, K Haylock, M Lopez, C Russell, K Goldspink, J Haverson. Unused subs: K Collyer, J Hutchinson, J Spooner.

On Saturday Kirkley & Pakefield travel to second bottom Long Melford (3pm).

Last Saturday the Reserves played at Bungay Town and went in at half-time 2-1 up through goals from Gary Williams and Ross King before eventually losing 4-2. On Saturday host North Walsham at Walmer Road (2.30pm).

The club’s sportsman’s dinner evening will be held on Friday, May 31 at the Ivy House Country Hotel, Oulton Broad (7 for 7.30pm). Dean Saunders, the former Liverpool star and Welsh International, will be guest speaker together with after dinner comedian John Stiles, son of World Cup winning hero Nobby. Tickets priced at £45 can be reserved by contacting either Mark Willis or Louise Underdown at the K&P Clubhouse on 01502 513549 (group table bookings welcomed).

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