Russell's strike earns Kirkley & Pakefield 1-0 win at lowly Framlingham
PUBLISHED: 08:48 26 April 2019
Easter Monday afternoon saw Kirkley & Pakefield record a narrow win at relegated Framlingham Town in their penultimate game of the season.
The Royals recalled Jordan Haverson with Jack Hutchinson dropping to the bench in any otherwise unchanged team.
The match was played in baking hot sunshine on a bumpy pitch, with the long grass making it difficult for both teams to play good passing football.
The Royals opened attacking with Cameron Russell just missing an early header. Kyle Haylock was then put through after beating the offside trap but shot at the keeper.
For the home team a Mason Ransome free-kick was well saved at the near post by keeper Adam Rix. There was then some great play by Haylock, running over half the length of the pitch and beating three defenders on his way but his centre was well stopped by the home keeper Rose.
Haylock was then denied a penalty when he looked to have been brought down by the keeper.
On 29 minutes a Royals' free-kick saw Miguel Lopez hit the post with the ball going across goal out to safety while five minutes later centre forward Danny Smith shot across goal, missing the post for the home team.
Then, on 39 minutes, a powerful Lewis Flower headed forward for Russell to run on to and his slick shot beat the keeper to put the Royals ahead.
The second half had an eventful start when Framlingham's Matthew Aldis handled in the area. Surprisingly Lopez stepped up to take the spot-kick but this was saved by keeper Rose.
On 58 minutes a good shot from 25 yards by home centre forward Smith went just wide of the post. Kaiden Goldspink had a free shot on goal but shot wide and a good ball by Haylock to Brown saw the keeper rush out to clear. Then, after a free-kick, Jack Herbert had a header cleared off the line.
With time almost up Rix caught a high cross to see the Royals to a narrow victory which should assure them a healthy fifth place finish with one game remaining.
Kirkley & Pakefield: A Rix, C Bell, G Soares, L Hammond, J Herbert (capt), L Flower, K Haylock, M Lopez, C Russell (M Brown 75 mins), K Goldspink, J Haverson. Unused subs: K Collyer, J Spooner, J Hutchinson.
The Royals conclude their season this Saturday at Walsham-le-Willows, currently in ninth place, with a 3pm kick-off. The Reserves play Reepham Town their final match at Walmer Road (2.30pm).
Kirkley & Pakefield 0
Ely City 2
In their final home match of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season Kirkley & Pakefield suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat against relegation threatened Ely City.
There were glorious sunny conditions and a good Easter Saturday attendance at Walmer Road, with the Royals naming an unchanged line-up.
On 14 minutes the first worthwhile attack for the Royals saw Gerson Soares sending a good ball to Kyle Haylock who passed to Russell and his curling shot then went just wide. Shortly afterwards Ely attacked for the first time when after a goalmouth scramble a shot went high over the bar from a good position.
Miguel Lopez then miskicked in midfield this was followed with a mistake from the normally dependable Lewis Flower which let in the Robins' Alex Theobald who with only the keeper to beat shot wide of the post.
Lopez and Kaiden Goldspink then combined well to set up Russell with a ball across goal but he just failed to make contact. More good work put Haylock through but his shot was well saved by keeper Harry Reynolds.
Alsop's free-kick from 20 yards was well headed out by Flower before Adam Rix in the home goal then produced a fine save.
After a goalless first half the second saw an early free- kick just outside the area put over by Lopez. On 62 minutes an Ely player and home keeper Rix contested a centre in the goalmouth with the referee controversial awarding a penalty from which Sam Goodge scored a vital goal for the Robins.
Goldspink then had a good shot go wide and this was followed by Jack Herbert shooting wide from inside the six yard box.
Ely then increased their lead fter a free-kick was pumped into the goal area for Joe Brannan to head in. The same player had a header hit the crossbar.
The match concluded with a disappointing defeat for the Royals but with other results going their way fifth place was maintained.
East Point Sports Man of the Match: Gerson Soares.
Kirkley & Pakefield: A Rix, C Bell (M Brown 66), G Soares, L Hammond, J Herbert (capt), L Flower, K Haylock, M Lopez, C Russell (J Spooner 89), K Goldspink, J Hutchinson. Unused sub: K Collyer.