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Royals all set for revenge

PUBLISHED: 12:07 30 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:14 06 July 2010

AN all-Suffolk showdown is set to provide a tasty bank holiday treat for football followers on Monday (May 3).

And as the non-league footballing curtain comes down on another season locally, the end to Kirkley & Pakefield's marathon campaign is in sight - with silverware the main goal!

Making their first-ever appearance in the Ridgeons League cup final, The Royals are intent on opening another new chapter in their history-books by beating rivals Needham Market at the fourth time of asking this season.

AN all-Suffolk showdown is set to provide a tasty bank holiday treat for football followers on Monday (May 3).

And as the non-league footballing curtain comes down on another season locally, the end to Kirkley & Pakefield's marathon campaign is in sight - with silverware the main goal!

Making their first-ever appearance in the Ridgeons League cup final, The Royals are intent on opening another new chapter in their history-books by beating rivals Needham Market at the fourth time of asking this season.

A 3-2 league defeat at Needham in October, was followed by an eight goal thriller at the home of the Market Men in a 5-3 defeat in the FA Vase in January. And on Wednesday night, Needham lifted the Ridgeons League title at Walmer Road with a 2-1 win - despite The Royals controlling 75pc of the game.

Now revenge is in sight for K&P, and the management duo of Stewart Larter and Jon Reynolds yesterday sent out a rallying call to their troops and supporters ahead of the final.

“We are going into the game with a bit of confidence and we've shown we are a match for them - so now the boys have got to go out there and have a bit of belief,” Larter told The Journal. “We controlled 75pc of the game on Wednesday night, and we'll take that into Monday.”

Echoing those sentiments, Reynolds admitted: “Wednesday's game was 100pc the best we've played in a month, which is all good going into the final. The pressure is on Needham as they're expected to win - but we are very confident going into the game after Wednesday's performance.”

With Needham keen to collect a Ridgeons double, the Market Men reached their second league cup final in three years after winning the Good Friday semi final at Walsham-le-Willows, 3-2.

The final will be held at the home of Diss Town FC on Monday, kick-off 3pm, and with K&P running supporters coaches to the game, which leave Walmer Road at noon, it is hoped that the Royals band of fervent fans will back them all the way to success.

“Our fans are fairly vocal and we'll be looking for more of that on Monday as it's a big game - so hopefully they can make loads of noise as I know it boosts the players,” Larter told The Journal.

“It will be absolutely fantastic to bring a trophy back to the clubhouse as it will cap a very good season. We deserve something after the players efforts' this season, our good cup runs, for being in contention in the league right up to the final two weeks of the season that led to our highest ever league finish and for reaching the semi finals of the Suffolk Premier Cup.

“I don't think anyone can doubt we have earned it, but now we have to earn it on Monday!” Larter concluded.

K&P look likely to be at full strength for Monday's tie, with James Cole and Dave Tarawalli coming back into contention after injury. But there was late heartache this week for talented winger Liam Harvey-Cooper, who picked up a nasty knee injury in last Saturday's defeat at Mildenhall, which is likely to sideline him for the final two games.

Needham, meanwhile, look set to be without former Lowestoft striker Damian Hilton, who is suspended for the final.

Ahead of Monday's game, K&P entertain Ely City at Walmer Road (3pm KO) in their final Ridgeons League match of the season tomorrow.

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