Thurlow Nunn League: Kirkley & Pakefield climb the table, as Swaffham crash to defeat

Ross King scored Kirkley's second in their win at Brantham. Picture: Steve Wood

Ross King scored Kirkley's second in their win at Brantham. Picture: Steve Wood - Credit: Archant

Kirkley & Pakefield moved up to fifth in the Premier Division thanks to a 2-0 win at home to Brantham Athletic.

A Miguel Lopez penalty put the Royals in front and Ross King put the seal on victory.

It was a day to forget for Swaffham, who struggled to overcome the absences of Joe Jackson and Jack Defty due to work commitments and injury. The Pedlars were 2-0 down by half-time against Felixstowe but they improved in the second half and could have got back into the game had player-manager Matthew Parkinson taken his chance after a flowing move. However, the Seasiders rode out the storm and scored two further goals in the last five minutes.

In the First Division, Downham were 2-1 winners against Cornard to pull away from the bottom end of the table. Craig Dixon put Town in front before a superb strike by Zak Merrishaw confirmed victory despite a late consolation. Diss were held to a 1-1 draw against Haverhill Borough whilst King's Lynn Town Reserves went down to a 1-0 defeat at Debenham.

Dereham Reserves also tasted defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by Woodbridge.

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