Cup Kings make it a hat-trick of semis

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Cup specialists Kings Langley progressed to their third semi-final of the season, toppling local rivals London Colney for the second time in eight weeks.

In a bruising encounter, Kings keeper Ross Channer was carried off after just six minutes, before defender Colin Wilson suffered the same fate with a quarter of an hour on the clock.

Kings had to dig deep, but responded magnificently, taking the lead when a Chris Mason left wing run and cross was glanced home by Jimmy Armstrong.

Within three minutes, the prolific marksman struck again, blasting in a Nathan Pooley corner to notch his 43rd goal of the season – breaking the previous campaign’s record by Lewis Toomey in the process.

John Butler headed in a free kick for Colney within 48 seconds of the restart, but with few chances at either end, Kings stood firm.

Winger Jack Johnson – forced to move to right-back – and keeper Ross Hampton were outstanding in a tremendous team performance.

The home side racked up four bookings and finally had striker Matt Newman sent off for one challenge too many on Hampton, before the final whistle brought jubilation for Kings and set up a semi-final at Ampthill.