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Royals review

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 06 July 2010

Kirkley & Pakefield's Nathan Stone heads towards goal against King's Lynn Reserves. PHOTO: Mick Howes.

Kirkley & Pakefield's Nathan Stone heads towards goal against King's Lynn Reserves. PHOTO: Mick Howes.

WE had no game on Wednesday against Lowestoft Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup because of their cup replay, but a good win and good performance on Saturday.

Kirkley & Pakefield's Nathan Stone heads towards goal against King's Lynn Reserves. PHOTO: Mick Howes.

WE had no game on Wednesday against Lowestoft Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup because of their cup replay, but a good win and good performance on Saturday.

It was nice to improve the goal difference in a positive way against Kings' Lynn Reserves.

To be fair to them they came and played a 4-5-1 system and got lots of men behind the ball.

But we managed to score after about 20 minutes, which obviously helps and got a good second goal from a rare Chris Henderson header and then they tired a little bit.

Our fitness showed through and we scored three more in the last 15 minutes which is a testament to our fitness and the way we kept the ball really.

I think it was probably a little bit harsh on them to be honest and we'll take it!

I think that's four wins in the league in a row now. Having not had a league game for about a month, we then beat Woodbridge with a clean sheet and then won with another clean sheet Saturday.

And we're looking to keep that run going tomorrow.

The clean sheets are giving us a platform to build on, and a basis to work from. If you're keeping a clean sheet or not conceding many goals then you're always likely to be able to take something from the game.

We have had a fairly settled side but tinkered with systems from week to week but generally had the same 13 or 14.

Unfortunately, Justin Fox had to come off with an injury after about an hour last Saturday, with an ankle problem and is unlikely to be fit for tomorrow.

Taz Grint we took off early on Saturday with a bit of a niggle. He trained Wednesday but seems to have done a bit more damage so we're assessing him.

Ian Dawson is away at university this week as well so we're about three or four down, but it gives the opportunity for other lads to come back in like Ryan De Coteau who should be back in contention this week.

Liam Harvey-Cooper has spent a few weeks in the reserves after he didn't have the best pre-season in terms of fitness, and is now looking a lot sharper than he was and has done well when he's come on against Woodbridge and again on Saturday, so I'm sure he's chomping at the bit for a start and this could be his chance.

Histon Reserves have been a bit up and down this season. They're a young side the same as King's Lynn Reserves and have played more than most teams.

But we're in a good run so we're fairly confident and want to keep that run going.

We've set some targets in the dressing room and we're bang on at the moment and want to keep that momentum going.

Stewart Larter

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