Kirkley & Pakefield 2 FC Clacton 2: Royals let two goal slip in FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 04:36 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:32 22 August 2018

Kirkley & Pakefield line up for the new season Picture: BRYAN GRINT

Kirkley & Pakefield line up for the new season Picture: BRYAN GRINT


Kirkley and Pakefield let a two goal lead slip through their grasp as they were forced to settle for a replay in their Emirates FA Cup extra preliminary round tie.

Action from Kirkley & Pakefield's FA Cup tie against FC Clacton Picture: BRYAN GRINTAction from Kirkley & Pakefield's FA Cup tie against FC Clacton Picture: BRYAN GRINT

The Royals were without captain Jack Herbert who was serving the first of his three match suspension, with Macauley Holt replacing him in an otherwise unchanged team.

They hosts opened brightly against fellow Thurlow Nunn League premier Division opposition with two early attacks and took the lead on 13 minutes when Liam Harvey-Cooper rose to head in neatly from a corner.

That lead was increased on 20 minutes when, following excellent build-up play Jordan Haverson, placed a good shot wide of the keeper. With the home team controlling the game Lee Will was put through two minutes later and with an excellent chance to increase the lead he saw his shot saved by the keeper at full stretch.

On the 30 minute mark home keeper Adam Rix saw action for the first time. collecting well from a cross from the left. Shortly afterwards the away team had a corner on the left, with Karl Andrade unmarked and heading in at the far post. Rix then made a further good stop before the interval.

The second half saw the revitalised Clacton team continuously on the attack and on 67 minutes Matt Eve made that count with a good strike that brought the away team level.

The Royals were having a poor second period but on 90 minutes Matthew Wilson had a good effort saved at full stretch by the keeper and substitute Ross King blasted the rebound over the bar. With time running out Rix brought off another fine save from a 20 yard free-kick.

East Point Sports Man of the Match: Jordan Haverson.

Team: Rix, Wilson, Wall, Hammond, Holt (Soares 60), Flower (c), Haylock, Lopez, Will (King 60), Harvey-Cooper, Haverson. Unused subs: G Williams, C Russell, A Blowers.

On Tuesday evening, with the FC Clacton ground deemed unfit, their FA Cup replay with Kirkley & Pakefield was transferred on the Monday the short distance to the new ground of Holland-On-Sea FC. The evening turned out to be a farce, with players and supporters arriving then being told under an hour before kick-off that the referee had called the match off with the pitch deemed unfit to play on.

On inspection this was probably the correct decision by the official but a decision that should have been made before transferring the match to the new venue. The match is now take place at Walmer Road next Tuesday (7.45pm).

This Saturday it should be back to Thurlow Nunn Premier Division league action for Kirkley & Pakefield when they visit Hadleigh United, 3pm. Next Tuesday’s scheduled visit of Gorleston has been postponed because of the FA Cup tie.

Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves won 5-2 in their final pre-season match when welcoming Gorleston Reserves to the Team Lauren Lou 3G Arena. On Tuesday evening they visited Yelverton for their first Anglian Combination League Division One match of the season and went down 1-0.

Tomorrow they travel to Easton (2.30pm) and next Wednesday evening sees them at Walmer Road for their first home league match against Attleborough Town (7.30pm).

Next Thursday evening sees the AFC Royals open their season with a home match against Beccles Town (7.45pm). The K&PFC U18s are away at Gorleston on the same evening (7.45pm).

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