Cup Kings make it a hat-trick of finals

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Kings Langley 3 Ampthill Town 0

Kings progressed to their third cup final of the season with a breathtaking performance against higher-placed rivals Ampthill Town in the Division One Cup.

Attacking from the off, Jimmy Armstrong’s right wing cross was laid off by Arturas Simakovas for Sam Warrell to unleash a shot from the edge of the box to put Kings ahead with eleven minutes on the clock.

The game continued at a relentless pace, with Lea Coulter screwing a chance wide and Kings keeper Ross Hampton saving well from Christian Lester. Just 13 seconds into the second half, Armstrong broke clear but his shot went wide, before Lester came close again.

The game’s defining moment came mid-way through the second half as Jack Johnson cleared a ball out of defence to Craig Lynskey, who ran the length of the half, eluded a tackle, drew the keeper and finished in style.

Five minutes later, the result was put beyond doubt as Armstrong’s persistence saw him regain the ball twice in front of goal and net despite the close attention a defender.

Hampton and Johnson combined to deny what seemed a certain consolation goal from Coulter three minutes from time, before the Kings celebrations erupted.

It was a superb team performance, built on a fourth consecutive clean sheet for ever-improving young keeper Hampton.