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Kaiden Goldspink hits cracker to secure FA Vase win at Norwich United

PUBLISHED: 15:50 05 November 2019

The winning goal in the Suffolk Senior game between Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves and Leiston Reserves.

The winning goal in the Suffolk Senior game between Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves and Leiston Reserves.

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Kirkley & Pakefield are through to the third round of the FA Vase after a 2-1 win over Norwich United.

Action from the Suffolk Senior game between Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves and Leiston Reserves.Action from the Suffolk Senior game between Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves and Leiston Reserves.

The Royals made two changes to the previous week's line-up with Kaiden Goldspink replacing the injured Danny Conroy up front and Ian Dawson starting in place of Jack Hutchinson who was on the subs bench.

In this all Thurlow Nunn affair the away team had the first big chance after just six minutes when a good ball across goal found Russell in a good position but his effort hit the outside of the post. On 13 minutes the same player had a screamer from 30 yards out put over the bar by keeper Dickerson.

The home team had a few attacks well dealt with by keeper Smith, in 35 minutes central defender Flower slipped on the wet surface leaving Jackson with a clear shot on goal but keeper Smith again saved well.

The second half resumed with a goal less score line but after 53 minutes United full back Barker attempted to lob the keeper who fumbled the high ball with Jackson getting the final touch to push the ball over the line for the first goal.

Action from the Suffolk Senior game between Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves and Leiston Reserves.Action from the Suffolk Senior game between Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves and Leiston Reserves.

On 62 minutes the Royals drew level after a good move saw Dawson shoot from just outside the area, his well hit shot was pushed out by the home keeper but Kyle Haylock fired in the rebound from close range.

From the kick off United's Fowkes beat two defenders on a good run before firing wide, another well constructed Royals move saw Dawson shoot just over.

On 76 minutes Baker replaced Russell, as defender Flower made a great clearance inside the area.

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On 88 minutes Haylock ran through on goal but was pulled back by defender Barker who only received the yellow card. From the resulting free-kick some 25 yards out Kaiden Goldspink struck a beautiful shot straight into the roof of the net to give the Royals a match winning goal to progress into the third round of the national vase competition.

In Monday's FA Vase third Round draw when 64 teams will be left in the competition Kirkley & Pakefield FC were given a tough away draw at South Midlands Premier Division second-placed team Newport Pagnell Town with the match due to be played on Saturday 30th November 3pm ko.

Kirkley & Pakefield FC team: J.Smith, A.Meeken, G.Soares, B.George, J.Herbert, L.Flower, K.Haylock, I.Dawson, K.Goldspink, J.Haverson, C.Russell (K.Baker 76mins). Subs Unused: J.Hutchinson, H.Creamer, J.Spooner, G.McGee, I.Barber.

Norwich United FC team: R.Dickerson, H.Barker, D.Alexander, S.Applegate, S.Watts, A.Eastaugh, F.Barnes, M.Daniels, L.Jackson, H.Davis, B.Fowkes. Subs: T. McLeish, D.Beaumont, J.Forbes, L.Pearson.

Action from the Suffolk Senior game between Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves and Leiston Reserves.Action from the Suffolk Senior game between Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves and Leiston Reserves.

On Saturday Kirkley & Pakefield 1st team are back at Walmer Road for a league match against Whitton United 3.00 ko. On Friday evening next week they travel to play Walsham Le Willows again this time in the league with a 7.45 ko.

Last Saturday the 'Reserves' also had a cup match in the Suffolk Senior Cup at home against higher opposition from Thurlow Nunn Division 1 in Leiston Reserves and lost by 2-1. With the score level at 1-1, Connor Borrett scored for the 'Reserves', they had keeper Elliot Reynolds harshly shown the red card, from the resulting free-kick Leiston scored what turned out to be the winner. This Saturday they are back in Anglian Combination Division One League action with an away match at Attleborough Town (2.00 ko).

Last Thursday evening the K&PFC U18s lost 1-0 at current league leaders Diss Town. Next Thursday they play Gorleston at Walmer Road 7.45. AFC Royals lost 6-1 at home to Great Yarmouth and are away to Beccles Town next Thursday (7.45pm ko).

The U23s continued their winning streak with a Callum Batley penalty giving them a 1-0 win against Beccles Caxton Reserves to maintain third place in the L&DL Division One table. This weekend the 'U23s' team do not have a match. On Saturday the 'B' team are at home on the Team Lauren Lou 3G Arena against Mutford & Wrentham Reserves 2.00 ko. Last Saturday the 'B' team match at Southwold Town Reserves was called off.

Action from the Suffolk Senior game between Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves and Leiston Reserves.Action from the Suffolk Senior game between Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves and Leiston Reserves.

Colin Smith

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