Wroxham sign Kirkley & Pakefield duo ahead of Maldon & Tiptree clash

Kyle Baker in action for Kirkley & Pakefield. Picture: Mick Howes

Kyle Baker in action for Kirkley & Pakefield. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Wroxham have boosted their already potent arsenal of attacking talent with the signing of Kirkley & Pakefield's top scorer Kyle Baker.

The 21-year-old had scored 15 goals in 23 games for the Royals in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this season but has now decided to step up to the Ryman League with the Yachtsmen.

Striker or winger Baker, along with midfielder Payton Swatman, have left Kirkley following the exit of managerial team Jamie Godbold and Andy Reynolds, who have taken over at AFC Sudbury.

Swatman begins a second spell at Trafford Park, having followed manager David Batch to Sudbury in 2013 and joined Kirkley ahead of this season.

The duo could make their debuts for third-placed Wroxham when they host Maldon & Tiptree in Ryman North this afternoon.

Wroxham saw their Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final against Scole United postponed for the second time in midweek but have taken four points from their last two league games, winning 2-1 at Barkingside and drawing 1-1 at home with Brentwood last weekend.

That point kept Stewart Larter's side above the Essex outfit in the table but with only five points separating them and sixth-placed Dereham – and all the teams in between having games in hand – a place in the play-offs is still far from certain.

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Maldon are currently languishing in 17th place after a poor campaign by their standards, claiming just 33 points from their 30 games so far.

This is a far cry from last season, which saw them with an outside shot of the play-offs, only for their assault to fall short and finish in ninth.

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