Connolly late show earns the win for Kings

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Kings Langley 2-1 Bedford

GARY Connolly struck a late winner to earn ten-man Kings a hard-fought victory over Bedford.

A poor quality first half ended goalless, with the only action of note coming courtesy of a Jimmy Armstrong lob which bounced agonizingly over the bar and a mazy run by Alex Taylor which produced a superb Ross Channer save

The visitors were first out of the blocks in the second half, though, and a young Kings back four was caught out by a moment of misunderstanding that let Ian Thorne in to give Bedford the lead.

When Mark Hansard was dismissed on the hour for a wayward tackle, Kings were staring a third consecutive defeat in the face, but the ten men finally started playing as a team and produced their best football of the match.

The introduction of substitute Sam Warrell following a lengthy injury proved crucial, and his cross was controlled by Armstrong, whose shot on the turn hit the post, allowing Craig Lynskey to follow up and convert.

It was all Kings now, and Nathan Pooley intercepted a clearance and crossed for Warrell to also hit a post before Connolly forced the rebound over the line with three minutes left.

And Kings bravely hung on to the lead for the remaining few minutes to claim the morale-boosting and against-the odds victory.