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Kirkley & Pakefield undone by late winner against Brantham Athletic

PUBLISHED: 20:14 11 December 2019 | UPDATED: 20:14 11 December 2019

Cameron Russell was on target in Kirkley & Pakefield's 2-1 defeat against Brantham Athletic. Picture: Bryan Grint

Cameron Russell was on target in Kirkley & Pakefield's 2-1 defeat against Brantham Athletic. Picture: Bryan Grint

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Kirkley & Pakefield went down to a last minute winner thanks to Michael Brothers’ strike as Brantham Athletic took a 2-1 victory over the Royals on Saturday.

Kirkley & Pakefield went down to a last minute winner thanks to Michael Brothers' strike as Brantham Athletic took a 2-1 victory over the Royals on Saturday.

Kirkley were lucky to go in at half-time just the one goal down as Joss Neale's 30th minute strike proved the difference between the two sides.

The Royals did not have one worthwhile attempt on target in the half and in the 44th minute lost Bodie Carter to a hamstring injury to be replaced by Kyle Haylock, Royals keeper Jordan Smith made three excellent saves during the half.

The second half saw a rejuvenated Royals team taking control of the game with Russell and Baker combining well, on 73 minute Jack Herbert was pulled down in the six yard box from the resulting penalty Cameron Russell levelled the scores.

The Royals were unlucky not to take the lead on 80 minutes when Robbie Horton running his heart out in midfield ran forward at pace and put a glorious chance from inside the area over the bar.

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After being by far the better team in the second period the Royals were hit a devastating blow on 90 minutes when Brantham centre forward Michael Brothers hit a superb shot from the edge of the area that screamed into the net to give the home team a 2-1 victory.

Team: J Smith, B George, A Meeken, B Carter (K Haylock 45), J Herbert, L Flower, K Baker, R Horton (M Wilson 85), K Goldspink, J Haverson, C Russell.

Subs unused H Creamer.

This coming Saturday sees Kirkley & Pakefield on the road again when they have a league match at FC Clacton, 3pm.

The Reserves continued their good form with a thrilling 5-4 home win against Thetford Rovers with their goals coming from Ross King (2), Gary Williams, Jake Spooner and an own goal. This Saturday they are at Walmer Road against East Harling, 1.30pm.

Last Thursday's U18s Youth match saw K&PFC U18s narrowly beat AFC Royals in the club derby 2-0.

This Saturday sees the next round of the Suffolk Primary Cup with the B team at home on the Team Lauren Lou 3G Arena against Ipswich Exciles, 1.30pm. The Under 23s away at Norton Athletic Reserves came back from two goals down to win 3-2, they have a blank weekend this week. The B team were away at Southwold Common last Saturday against Southwold Town Reserves and drew 2-2.


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