No end to Kirkley and Pakefield's away misery
PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 April 2017
Kirkley & Pakefield's dismal away league form continued at the New Croft on Saturday with their eighth successive defeat on the road.
The Royals now have two games at Walmer Road to look forward to over the Easter weekend, with fixtures coming up against Saffron Walden Town tomorrow and Stanway Rovers on Monday (both 3pm kick-offs).
The poor display at Haverhill started with the visitors conceding in the 22nd minute when keeper Luis Tibbles failed to get to the ball and Marcus Hunt’s header went over the keeper into the net. The home team had much of the attacking play in the first half but failed to add to their tally.
The second half saw a further siege on the away goal and Rovers increased their lead on 50 minutes when poor defending saw Jordan Palmer turn and hit a soft shot wide of defenders and keeper.
Just three minutes later Palmer scored his second when he had the simplest of chances in front of goal after winger Ben Bradley put in a good centre after outstripping young full back Elliot Patrick.
Nathan Stone then had an effort cleared off the line before Palmer missed a chance for his hat-trick by shooting straight at the keeper.
A good move by Lopez and Stone saw young Kyle Haylock blaze over from close in and then a long clearance by Tibbles found Stone, whose shot was saved low down by the keeper.
The game then fizzled out, giving the home team three deserved points and leaving the Royals to look to this weekend’s two home matches to restore some pride.
Kirkley & Pakefield: L Tibbles, T Grint, E Patrick, L Hammond, J Herbert, C Eagleton, J Smith, J Haverson, N Stone, M Lopez, K Haylock. Subs used: L Will, N Woods.
The Reserves, who lost 5-0 at home to St Andrews last week, do not have a match over the Easter period.
Kirkley & Pakefield B completed their season with a fifth place finish after winning 3-2 at home to Spexhall Reserves while the Under-18s made certain of winning the Thurlow Nunn Youth League Eastern Division with a 4-2 win at Harford Tornadoes.
That made it 17th successive league wins and they were hoping to complete a 100pc record last night in their final match against Great Yarmouth.
The AFC Royals won their last match 1-0 at home to Diss Town and are third.