K&P look to build on Boxing Day display

Kirkley & Pakefield's bid to break into the upper echelons of the Premier Division is set to be tested today with the visit of Haverhill Rovers to Walmer Road.

Kirkley & Pakefield's bid to break into the upper echelons of the Premier Division is set to be tested today with the visit of Haverhill Rovers to Walmer Road.

Nick Shorten's men are riding a crest of a wave after recording their first-ever league win over rivals and neighbours Lowestoft Town in a cracking derby on Boxing Day in front of nearly 1,000 fans.

The 4-2 victory, clinched by two goals in the last ten minutes from teenager Ian Dawson, saw K&P into eighth place, with their sights set on breaking into the top six and beyond.

And the side will need to be firing again after their Boxing Day exploits, with Rovers currently occupying fifth spot - six points ahead of K&P.

They then face another tough task as league champions Wroxham are the next visitors to Walmer Road on New Year's Day.

But Shorten and his side are keen to build on their “huge result” against Lowestoft.

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“The lads stood up to the challenge and recorded a top performance and a huge result as we convincingly beat a very experienced Lowestoft side,” Shorten said.

Wroxham's bid to keep pace with Needham Market and Soham Town Rangers at the top of the table sees them travel down to Essex this afternoon for a clash with Stanway Rovers.

The Yachtsmen will expect Needham to pick up maximum points from their game at third-bottom Newmarket, while Soham face Felixstowe at home.

The likes of Lee Gilman, Alex Notman, Ben Thompson and Justin Fox will all be hoping for recalls from boss Damian Hilton after being dropped to the bench for the 3-0 Boxing Day win over Norwich United.

The Planters host mid-table Leiston at Plantation Park while Wisbech Town host Dereham Town and struggling Swaffham travel to Woodbridge, who are just three places above them in 16th.

In Division One, Great Yarmouth Town will be looking to bounce back from their Boxing Day derby defeat at home to Gorleston

A bumper crowd of 390 inside the Wellesley saw the Greens run out 4-2 winners, but Bloaters new boss Kevin Cruickshank is hoping supporters will turn out in large numbers again for today's home clash with sixth-placed Whitton.

“We could hear them right on the pitch and the players appreciated the support,” he said.

“I'm just sorry we couldn't give them what they wanted... but if only we could have that kind of support every week.”

Elsewhere, bottom side Fakenham Town travel to Debenham LC looking for their second league victory of the season.

Diss Town and Thetford both have home matches, against Cornard and Hadleigh respectively.

Victory for Diss and Thetford would see the Tangerines move up to fourth place in the table.