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Kirkley & Pakefield beaten 3-1 at Wroxham in return visit

PUBLISHED: 07:58 23 August 2019

Kirkley & Pakefield boss Gary McGee. Picture: Kirkley & Pakefield

Kirkley & Pakefield boss Gary McGee. Picture: Kirkley & Pakefield

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With no first team fixture last Saturday, Kirkley & Pakefield made a quick return visit to Trafford Park on Tuesday evening after last week's 3-2 defeat in the FA Cup, this time for a Thurlow Nunn Premier Division League match.

The Royals were without the full back pairing of Gerson Soares and the suspended Callum Bell but had captain Jack Herbert and regular Jordan Haverson back in the starting line-up.

The Royals had the first chance on two minutes with Haylock feeding Conroy who shot just wide. On 17 minutes a long throw in by Haylock saw Herbert win the header in the area with a further flick from Flower not having enough pace to beat the keeper.

In the 27th minute former Norwich City striker Grant Holt saw a good shot strike the post for Wroxham and a Lappin free-kick was then headed over by Manning.

On 37 minutes a free-kick for a foul on Holt was beautifully curled into the net by Harley Black to put the Yachtsmen ahead and just two minutes later they were 2-0 up after good work on the right side saw Ryan Miles hammer home past keeper Rix.

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The second half saw the Royals make an immediate substitution with Anthony Cox placing a concussed Harry Creamer at full back. On 47 minutes Holt headed firmly over the bar from a corner then on 55 minutes Poynter shot just wide with a good shot from 25 yards before a good run by Miles to Black saw Rix come out and save well.

On 62 minutes a great through ball by Wallace found Shaun Taylor who neatly beat the advancing Rix for the home team's third of the night. Another Wroxham move saw a string of mishaps in the Royals' defence with keeper Rix saving well twice in succession. During this passage of play Ben George was injured and helped from the field to be replaced by Tahg Neale. Haylock then had a goal bound shot put out for a corner.

On 75 minutes Cameron Russell pulled one back for the Royals. Jake Spooner then replaced Goldspink up front, with the Royals now having their best spell of the match.

Neale put an excellent through ball to Conroy who ran on goal only for his shot to be saved by keeper Ollie Sutton, just after Cox fired just wide from distance. Then the Royals' best move of the match saw Haylock shoot just over.

In the end it was a deserved 3-1 win for Wroxham who played much of the better football throughout.

Team: A Rix, A Meekin, H Creamer (A Cox 46), B George (T Neale 68), J Herbert, L Flower, K Haylock, K Goldspink (J Spooner 76), D Conroy, J Haverson, C Russell. Sub not used: K Baldwin.

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