Kirkley & Pakefield plough through mud to claim excellent away win
PUBLISHED: 07:40 09 February 2018
Kirkley & Pakefield maintain their excellent form with an impressive win at Walsham Le Willows in a rearranged Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division match.
With the recent days of heavy rain it was surprising to see the match on with the pitch surface very sticky, slippery and muddy but was it past fit to play on.
It was the Royals who had the first chance on four minutes when Kyle Baker hit over the bar from a good position after being put through.
On 10 minutes Liam Harvey-Cooper beat two players but his shot was punched out by the home keeper who then made a very good save from a 20 yard Kyle Haylock shot. On 23 minutes a good through ball by Jordan Haverson to Baker on the right of the area saw his neat shot elude the keeper for the opening goal.
On 30 minutes Holt had the ball in the net but was ruled offside. Walsham then had their best effort by far on 33 minutes with a good shot that away keeper Rix saved well.
Harvey-Cooper then produced a good run and his shot was saved by the home keeper and his follow-up shot hit the bar. A Baker header went wide after further good lead up play while on 44 minutes Cusack saw a cracking 30 yard drive for the home team go just over.
With the second half just 12 minutes old the Royals increased their lead when excellent play by Baker saw Harvey-Cooper hold up the ball for Haverson to slam in.
Both Harvey-Cooper and Haylock had good efforts on target before Baker started and finished a move with Harvey-Cooper to add his second and goal number three.
The Royals were playing some committed football in trying conditions and Baker had his hat-trick denied when his goalbound shot was well saved by home keeper Coombe. Full back Max Wall then made the run of the afternoon after winning the ball near his own penalty area before passing to Harvey-Cooper who just failed to finish. Further attempts saw a Baker shot saved and Haverson hitting the post in the last minute.
An entertaining match had seen the Royals control most of it to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
Team: A Rix, M Wilson, M Wall, L Hammond, J Herbert, L Flower, K Haylock (T Grint 87), J Haverson, K Baker, L. Harvey-Cooper (L Will 84), M Holt (D Blades 87).