Late Baker goal earns Kirkley & Pakefield a deserved away win
PUBLISHED: 08:12 03 November 2017
Shirley D Whitlow
The improved form and results of Kirkley & Pakefield continued last Saturday at Hadleigh United when they returned home with a well deserved three points in a win which should have been a lot more convincing.
The Royals had captain Jack Herbert back, with young Jordan Read retaining his place in goal in an otherwise unchanged line-up.
They had the ball in the net with a Liam Harvey-Cooper header following a nice move after two minutes but was adjudged to be offside.
On six minutes the away keeper saved from Kyle Baker and Herbert shot over from a point blank range after a good Lewis Hammond centre. During the first 20 minutes the home goal lived a charmed life but in the 21st minute Jack Lambert ran in to put the home team ahead from their first worthwhile attack.
After good build-up play, Hammond saw his 30 yard shot deflected wide, with the resulting corner seeing Herbert head wide while Tarren Grint did some good work down the left but saw his one-on-one with the keeper saved. Max Wall then put Harvey-Cooper through on 35 minutes only for him to be brought down, Harvey-Cooper took the spot-kick himself and sent the keeper the wrong way for an equaliser.
Just after the restart Baker netted only to be given offside and further attacking by the Royals saw many missed chances. A rare attack by the home team saw a goalmouth scramble followed by a goal bound shot which was well saved by keeper Read on 67 minutes.
Baker was then left clear only to see his effort cleared off the line after beating the keeper, Lopez’s free-kick went just over before Haylock went on a brilliant run, passed to Harvey-Cooper whose centre found Baker and his free header in front of goal went wide.
After a frustrating afternoon it wasn’t until the 88th minute that a Baker shot on the left went straight into the net, evading the keeper and three advancing forwards for a deserved winner. The closing minutes saw Baker go close again when firing over.
In the end it was a well deserved victory that made it three successive wins, pushing the Royals further up the table on 20 points.
Team: J Read, M Wilson, T Grint, L Hammond, J Herbert, L Flower, K Haylock, M Lopez, K Baker, L Harvey-Cooper (C Eagleton 89), M Wall (D Blades 77).
Subs unused: J Hutchinson.