Kirkley & Pakefield make surprise early exit from FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 09:16 29 September 2017

Kirkley & Pakefield pile on the pressure in Saturday's FA Vase tie against Burnham Ramblers. Picture: Bryan Grint

Kirkley & Pakefield pile on the pressure in Saturday's FA Vase tie against Burnham Ramblers. Picture: Bryan Grint


Hopes a run in a national competition in the FA Vase were quickly snuffed out last Saturday when a disappointing performance at Walmer Road saw the Royals beaten by lowly Essex Senior League team Burnham Ramblers.

The home team, who kept the same starting 11 for the fourth successive match, started brightly and should have had the match sewn up in the first 10 minutes, with many goalmouth chances missed.

In the end it was the away team who broke to split the defence for centre forward Morgan to score a well taken goal in the 13th minute against the run of play.

Despite relentless attacking and poor finishing the Royals had to wait until the 35th minute before equalising through Jordan Haverson, who scored at a second attempt from close in.

Disaster struck the Royals when on 55 minutes, on a rare break into the home half, Charlie Hughes volleyed in superbly from over 25 yards out to put the Ramblers 2-1 up.

Then shortly after another 30 yard attempt went just over the Royals’ bar.

On 59 minutes Haverson went on a good run, jinking past defenders before teeing Kyle Haylock up to level from close range.

With the score at 2-2 the home team made a double substitution on 67 minutes with Flower and Williams coming on for Jenner and Eagleton.

Williams almost immediately had a good chance when he fired just over, skimming the bar from the edge of the area.

Lopez, Haverson and Hammond all had shots well saved by keeper Josh Strizovic before Blades replaced Holt with 15 minutes remaining.

On 83 minutes the Ramblers took a quick free-kick out on the left side which was lofted over the home defence and was well met by Hughes. His header beat the keeper for in his second of the match and the visitors went on to complete a surprise win.

The Royals’ downfall on home soil was once again down to a numerous amount of missed chances, with the defence unable to coup with the handful of away chances, of which three were superbly finished off.

Kirkley & Pakefield: A Rix, J Jenner (L Flowers 67mins), T Grint, L Hammond, J Herbert, M Wilson, K Haylock, C Eagleton (G Williams 67), J Haverson, M Lopez, M Holt (D Blades 75).

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