Kirkley & Pakefield unable to build on King wonder-strike
PUBLISHED: 09:08 21 April 2017
Kirkley & Pakefield were unable to make it two home wins in the space of three days on Easter Monday after failing to build on a brilliant opener from Ross King against Stanway Rovers.
The Royals’ starting X1 showed one change from Saturday with Lewis Flower returning after suspension and replacing Elliot Whiteside.
The home side started brightly, going close on six minutes when Miguel Lopez floated in a free- kick only for King to shot just wide.
They did take an early lead in the 10th minute - and what a goal it was. A route one clearance from keeper Luis Tibbles cleared the Stanway defence and King controlled the ball and produced a brilliant lobbed shot over the keeper from some 40 yards out for his 23rd goal of the season.
On 18 minutes, after two successive Stanway corners, defender Jack Blyth put in a powerful header that keeper Tibbles saved well low down.
A Stanway equaliser came on 23 minutes when centre forward Callum Griffiths ran on to a through ball to beat defenders and keeper and find the back of the net.
Cain Eagleton then saw his long range shot go just wide for the home team before, on 28 minutes. Leon Antoine shot Stanway into the lead from close range after poor defending.
This 2-1 scoreline stood, with very few second half chances for either team. It was a disappointing result for the Royals against tough opposition after Saturday’s three points.
Kirkley & Pakefield: L Tibbles, C Eagleton, T Grint, M Lopez, J Herbert, L Flower, J Smith, J Haverson, N Stone, R King, K Haylock. Subs used: C Brooks, J Wilson. Unused: N Woods, L Bruce.
Kirkley & Pakefield play their last away league match of their season on Saturday when they travel to play third placed Newmarket Town on their all-weather surface with a 3pm kick off.
They currently stand 12th in the table - but could climb as high as eighth if they won their last two games.
This Saturday sees the Reserves’ last home match of the season when Long Stratton visit Walmer Road (2.30pm). On Wednesday evening they complete their season in the Premier Division of the Anglian Combination with a visit to title-chasing Harleston Town (6.30pm).