Kirkley & Pakefield boss set for talks on future at Walmer Road

Kirkley & Pakefield boss Paul Tong's future at Walmer Road will be decided this week after he strengthened his claims to extend his stay by overseeing an impressive 1-0 win against in-form Diss.

Michael Tacon's late winner was the difference between the two sides as Tong continues to mastermind the club's rise up the table.

'The club are reviewing it this week and a decision will be made then,' he said about his future. 'I'm enjoying what I'm doing and the club obviously has to look after itself as well.'

Tong was delighted with the performance of his side with the Royals hitting form at just the right time to ensure they enjoy Premier League status next season.

The former Yarmouth boss acknowledged it could have been a very different story after a slow start for his side against the Tangerines though.

'We knew going into the game that it would be a good yardstick to see where we are because Diss are in such good form,' he said. 'But I thought for the first 20 minutes that we were sloppy.

'We could have been three down in the first 20 minutes and only a fantastic clearance off the line by Tarren Grint ensured we went in at half-time level.

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'The boys knew they had to up it in the second half and to be fair to them they did – we were tremendous but their keeper was inspired and didn't look like he was going to be beaten. But then Michael Tacon turns up late on and gets us the winner.'

Tong singled out Tacon for praise and believes the striker has got a lot of potential to fulfil at K&P.

'He is a good player – he has had injuries but he is Royal through and through,' he said. 'He is a better player than a lot of people realise and I don't think he realises himself just how good he could be. I believe he could save the club signing a player.

'He has not been proficient in front of goal always but he stuck it away nicely on Saturday and I've always said to him that you've got to miss a few to score a few.'

Tong is targetting two more wins starting against Brantham at home tomorrow as he looks to improve on the club's current 16th position.

'We just want to get another couple of wins,' he added. 'We've managed to establish a winning mentality since Christmas and it will stand them in good stead for the future.

'We want them to enjoy themselves when they're out there and the youngsters are really coming through helped by the experienced lads like Ryan De Coteau, Craig Roberts and Russell Stock.'