Vase joy for K&P

It was a historic day for Kirkley & Pakefield on Saturday when they reached the third round of the FA Vase for the first-ever time, beating Biggleswade 2-0.

It was a historic day for Kirkley & Pakefield on Saturday when they reached the third round of the FA Vase for the first-ever time, beating Biggleswade 2-0.

Joint manager Stewart Larter said: “It was very good. Obviously we were really pleased to go through. It's a first for the club, it's always good to break a few records.”

And fellow manager Jon Reynolds added: “It was a good game, a difficult game because of the conditions - torrential rain and wind - which is always a leveller.

“In the first half we defended against the wind and held out and in the second half it was all one-way traffic.


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“It was 2-0 but it could have been more as we missed a lot of chances. We're extremely pleased to be in the draw [this] lunchtime.”

Meanwhile, Dereham Town visited Newport Pagnell Town and were knocked out 3-1 while Leiston beat Bugbrooke St Michaels 4-0.

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Ely City hosted Woodbridge and it ended 1-1 after extra time. The replay is at Woodbridge on Wednesday.

Yesterday's game between CRC and Enfield saw the Cambridge hosts win 4-1.

Other Vase ties were postponed on Saturday, victims of the torrential rain. Wroxham's game with Halstead, FC Clacton versus St Ives and Needham Market's tie with Bedford will all be played on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Kirkley's game against Biggleswade, in appalling weather conditions, was won by two goals but it could have been more with many chances being squandered.

Biggleswade found that captain Joe Jefford (man of the match) was in commanding form any time they threatened.

Jefford opened the scoring on 49 minutes with a fine header from a well-placed Lewis Blois free-kick from 30 yards out.

Blois netted from 40 yards out with a free-kick which soared into the top of the net.

Kirkley, who kept yet another clean sheet, march on in three cup competitions as well as having a healthy league position with games in hand on the leaders.

Dereham had started well against Newport Pagnell before losing 3-1.

The Magpies dominated the first half hour with Danny Beaumont opening the scoring on four minutes, firing home from the edge of the box after a superb run by Ollie Willis.

But Newport headed an equaliser before adding another close-range goal. In the second half Dereham could not reproduce the flowing football of the first period and Newport sealed victory with a third goal.

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