Kirkley & Pakefield 1 Framlingham 0: Flower’s late goal settles it

PUBLISHED: 09:46 31 August 2018

Jordan Haverson goes close for Kirkley & Pakefield during their narrow win over Framlingham 
Picture: Nick Butcher

Jordan Haverson goes close for Kirkley & Pakefield during their narrow win over Framlingham Picture: Nick Butcher

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After their midweek FA Cup defeat Kirkley & Pakefield were back in Thurlow Nunn Premier Division League action on Saturday, welcoming promoted Framlingham to Walmer Road for the first time in a league match.

The home team were back to full strength with the return of Jack Herbert and Miguel Lopez, with Ross King also taking his place in the starting line-up.

The match opened with both teams being very cautious, the first real danger coming after 24 minutes when Liam Harvey-Cooper’s shot hit the post.

On 32 minutes Haverson went on a mazy run, beating three players and the Framlingham keeper before putting his shot just wide. On 35 minutes Framlingham should have taken the lead but keeper Rix brilliantly saved from point blank range.

After a goalless first half the Royals came out attacking and two minutes after the break Haylock after a good run was fouled on the edge of the area but Lopez’s free-kick was hit over the bar.

Haylock continued to be a menace on the right with two good efforts and then Harvey-Cooper had a shot saved and Herbert a header saved.

The Royals replaced their strikers on 75 minutes with King and Harvey-Cooper being replaced by Will and Russell. On 80 minutes Framlingham had a rare second half attack with a centre across goal evading everybody and then home keeper Rix made a fine save from centre forward Smith.

With the Royals back attacking Haylock was sliced down 25 yards from goal and a Lopez free-kick hit the top of the bar and Herbert header hit the post. More good work by Haylock saw Will’s shot deflected just wide.

On 90 minutes Rix made another brilliant save to keep the Royals in it, then some three minutes into added time a Lopez corner was put away by centre back Lewis Flower for three welcome home points.

In an overall disappointing match both Adam Rix and Kyle Haylock put in outstanding performances.

East Point Sports Man of the Match: Kyle Haylock.

Kirkley & Pakefield: A Rix, M Wilson, M Wall, L Hammond, J Herbert, L Flower (capt), K Haylock, M Lopez, R King (L Will 75), L Harvey-Cooper (C Russell 75), J Haverson (G Williams 85).

The Reserves, after their midweek 2-0 home win against Attleborough (Macaulay Holt 2), continued their winning ways with a 7-3 win at North Walsham with Michael Tacon (2), Kaiden Goldspink (2), Matthew Hunton and Holt among the goals. In last Thursday’s youth matches K&P U18 won 3-2 at Gorleston whilst AFC Royals, at home to Beccles Town, went down 3-0.

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