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Late pressure goes unrewarded as Kirkley & Pakefield bow out of FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 06:00 11 August 2017

A battle for possession in midfield during Tuesday evening's derby match at Walmer Road. Picture: Bryan Grint

A battle for possession in midfield during Tuesday evening's derby match at Walmer Road. Picture: Bryan Grint

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The new season at Walmer Road started last Saturday with Kirkley & Pakefield entertaining Saffron Walden Town in the FA Cup extra preliminary round.

There was £1,500 of prize money up for grabs for the winner of the tie but sadly the Royals bowed out at the first hurdle after going down 2-1 in a tight game.

The match opened with the away team pressing strongly and eventually they took a seventh minute lead through number 10 Charlie Portway who slotted home from close in following a cross from the right.

The rain started to fall heavily on the plush green grass and play became more even, with the Royals missing a few good chances, the best of which saw captain Jack Herbert strike the post. Half-time saw the Royals go in one down but they soon righted this on the resumption with an equaliser coming in the 50th minute when Kyle Baker’s corner was guided in by Liam Harvey-Cooper. Unfortunately the scores only remained level for one minute as directly from the restart Saffron Walden attacked and good passing movement caught out the home defence and saw centre forward Oliver Emsden fire in from close range.

On 57 minutes the same player shot over when in a good position to increase the lead and the home team then surged forward, with Miguel Lopez having a 25 yard shot brilliantly saved.

Further chances came and went before, on 70 minutes, Kyle Haylock missed a great opportunity when heading over from close in,

Baker hit the bar from close in following several goalmouth incidents and then Harvey-Cooper blasted over with the equaliser on the cards.

In the closing minute Baker’s corner was well dealt with by the keeper and the whistle blew to signal a 2-1 victory for The Bloods in a keenly fought, competitive match that saw the Royals make an early exit from this season’s competition.

East Point Sports Ltd man-of-the-match was Jack Herbert.

Kirkley & Pakefield: H Rogers, T Grint, K Haylock, M Lopez, J Herbert (c), L Flower, C Eagleton (G Williams 73), J Haverson, M Tacon (M Holt 68), L Harvey-Cooper, K Baker. Unused subs: A Rix, M Wall, C Brooks.

Kirkley & Pakefield are at Walmer Road once again in the league tomorrow afternoon, with a visit from Haverhill Rovers (3pm).

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