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Royal pay the penalty after taking an early lead against title hopefuls

PUBLISHED: 10:48 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:48 08 March 2017

Joel Watts slots in the third Gorleston goal against Kirkley on Friday night. Picture: David Hardy

Joel Watts slots in the third Gorleston goal against Kirkley on Friday night. Picture: David Hardy

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Friday evening saw Kirkley & Pakefield travel to Emerald Park, Gorleston for a derby with neighbours Gorleston and slipped to a 3-1 defeat.

Jack Garrod controls the ball before shooting in the second goal for Gorleston in their win over the Royals.Jack Garrod controls the ball before shooting in the second goal for Gorleston in their win over the Royals.

The Royals were without leading goalscorer Ross King who was unavailable for the evening fixture while Lewis Hammond was out injured. But Miguel Lopez returned from a two-match suspension and Cain Eagleton came off the bench.

After two defeats, championship-chasing Gorleston were looking for points to maintain their good season and they started at a fast pace and after five minutes a shot across goal passed the keeper and the far post.

It was all Greens and a goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Tarren Grint. The Royals gained more of the ball and on 25 minutes good work by Lee Will delivered the ball to Nathan Stone who raced into the area only to be brought down for a penalty Miguel Lopez coolly thundered into the net.

The Greens were back on terms on 32 minutes when Joel Watts scored from a shot from close in.

Action from Gorleston's home game against Kirkley & Pakefield on Friday. Picture: Steve WoodAction from Gorleston's home game against Kirkley & Pakefield on Friday. Picture: Steve Wood

The second half saw the Royals attacking more. Against the run of play Jack Garrod put the Greens ahead on the hour and on 74 minutes a similar goal was scored by Joel Watts to put the home team 3-1 up.

Team: Tibbles, Grint, Whiteside, Eagleton, Herbert, Flower, Smith, Haverson, Stone, Lopez, Will. Subs: Goldspink, Haylock, Wilson.

Kirkley travel to play Saffron Walden Town tomorrow and on Tuesday host Ely at Walmer Road at 7.45pm.

The Reserves gave an excellent performance in a 0-0 draw at Walmer Road against Acle. Stand-in goalkeeper Alan Anderson had a man of the match performance. Tomorrow sees them at home in a relegation battle with Reepham at 2.30pm.

Action from Gorleston's home game against Kirkley & Pakefield on Friday. Picture: Steve WoodAction from Gorleston's home game against Kirkley & Pakefield on Friday. Picture: Steve Wood

The A team travelled to bottom club Ellingham and return home 3-1 winners. The B team played Division Two bottom team Carlton Colville and ran out 7-1 winners. Tomorrow the A team entertain Oulton Broad at 2pm.

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