Kirkley & Pakefield boss desperate to finish season with a flourish

K&P FC vs Thetford at Walmer Road. PICTURES: Mick Howes.

K&P FC vs Thetford at Walmer Road. PICTURES: Mick Howes. - Credit: Archant

Kirkley & Pakefield boss Paul Tong is determined to finish the season as strongly as possible after seeing off lowly Thetford Town at Walmer Road last weekend.

The result took the Royals on to 39 points although Tong refuses to believe his side are safe from the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division trapdoor. A win against relegation threatened Wivenhoe tomorrow would finally allay any fears Tong's side could be dragged into a relegation scrap.

'We're on 39 points and that's not bad,' said Tong. 'You can never say you're safe until it's mathematically impossible for you to go down.

'We've got some tough games coming up starting against Wivenhoe and we want to finish the season as strongly as possible.

'We've just got to keep working hard – I think we probably are safe but you never know – Diss have got play Wivenhoe and it's going to be a hell of a fight down there.'

Tong paid tribute to Robbie Horton after his brace helped the Royals cruise to a 3-0 victory over Thetford last weekend.

It has been a long road back to fitness for Horton following knee surgery but Tong said his experience proved invaluable to the Walmer Road outfit.

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'Robbie Horton was the hero for us – he is like the father figure of the side,' said Tong, who saw Ross Catchpole's goal complete the rout. 'He has not long become a father and he was helping the young lads through on Saturday.

'He is still not 100 per cent – he is getting fit but his influence on the pitch was superb. We had a lot of experienced players out – the likes of Dominic Smith, Ryan Crisp and Josh Herbert but we managed to come through.'

n Kirkley and Pakefield Reserves reached the final of the Suffolk FA Senior Reserve Cup on Saturday after a hard-fought 3-2 victory after extra time against Hadleigh United Reserves.

James Hutchinson's men secured a place in the final for a second successive season, having lifted the trophy in the 2011-12 campaign.

Off the field, the go-ahead Walmer Road club have been continuing their efforts to raise £55,000 for plans to develop a full-sized all-weather pitch, complete with fencing and floodlighting, at the ground.

K&P club president and adult football chairman Bob Jenkerson said this week: 'We are looking for any individuals, organisations and businesses in Waveney who would like to join us in raising this sum in a very short time frame.'