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Kirkley & Pakefield finish season on high as Stone strikes

PUBLISHED: 06:37 05 May 2017

Action from Kirkley and Pakefield's final game of the season against Long Melford at Walmer Road. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Action from Kirkley and Pakefield's final game of the season against Long Melford at Walmer Road. Pictures: MICK HOWES

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A good size crowd were at Walmer Road on Saturday to watch Kirkley & Pakefield play their final game of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division season against Long Melford.

A midfield tussle at Walmer Road. Picture: MICK HOWESA midfield tussle at Walmer Road. Picture: MICK HOWES

Thanks to a brilliant brace of goals from Nathan Stone the Royals made it a winning end to the campaign to give them a respectable 11th place finish.

With the game five minutes old the Royals had their first attempt saved while in the eighth minute a 25-yard Long Melford shot went just wide of keeper Luis Tibbles’ post. Shortly afterwards Lewis Hammond fired over from 20 yards.

On 19 minutes Long Melford took the lead when centre forward Scott Sloots fired home from the edge of the penalty area. That lead stood for only five minutes when Stone received a good ball just over the halfway line and ran on to fire past the opposing keeper to level the scores.

On the stroke of half-time Whiteside failed with a good one-on-one chance and Flower then had a shot saved.

Kirkley and Pakefield celebrate a goal in their 2-1 victory over Long Melford which brought the curtain down on another season at Walmer Road.  See inside for report. Picture: MICK HOWESKirkley and Pakefield celebrate a goal in their 2-1 victory over Long Melford which brought the curtain down on another season at Walmer Road. See inside for report. Picture: MICK HOWES

The second half saw a Jack Herbert shot well saved before Stone had the ball in the net but he was ruled offside, Kyle Haylock was proving a constant menace but although on top the Royals were unable to find the net.

On 70 minutes Tacon replaced Haylock and the visitors then saw a 25 yard free-kick brilliantly saved by Tibbles in the home goal, Haverson then had a good effort saved before, on 76 minutes, Woods replaced Brooks.

The winning goal finally arrived on 88 minutes when Stone fired in a curling shot high over the keeper’s head into the far top corner from wide on the right touchline.

Kirkley & Pakefield: L Tibbles, T Grint, E Whiteside, C Brooks, J Herbert, L Flower, K Haylock, J Haverson, N Stone, L Hammond, J Smith. Subs used: M Tacon, N Woods.

The Royals conclude their season with a sportsman’s dinner night with Leon McKenize at the Hotel Victoria tonight (Friday, 7.30pm) and then tomorrow evening with the player-of-the-year awards in the K&PSSC clubhouse (7.30pm).

This season’s goal scorers: Ross King 23, Miguel Lopez 13, Nathan Stone 9, Jordan Haverson 8, Richard Woodrow 8, Jack Herbert 7, Lee Will 4, Tarren Grint 2, Lewis Hammond 2, Kyle Haylock 2, Jack Smith 2, Cain Eagleton 2, K Goldspink 2, Lewis Flower 1, Cameron Brooks 1, Ben George 1.

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