Festive cheer as Kings Sports win at last to move off the bottom

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In one of only four West Herts League games to beat the weather on Saturday, struggling Kings Sports recorded their first win of the season as they battled back to win 2-1 at Tring Athletic A.

Kings had the better of the opening exchanges but Tring’s Patrick Rushton managed to put his side ahead after 15 minutes and it looked like it could be another disappointing day for the visitors.

Kings responded well, though, and were rewarded for a sustained period of pressure ten minutes before the break when Aaron McGovern netted a deserved equaliser for his side.

With wet and windy conditions hampering both teams, a dour struggle began after the interval until a free-kick from Kings’ Ben Poulten found the head of Brandon Mutagh who duly obliged to put his side in front.

Tring had five corners in the last five minutes as they laid siege on the visitors’ goal, but Kings determinedly held on for all three points to move off the bottom of the Premier Division table.

Elsewhere, Hemel Rovers A breezed their way to an emphatic 10-0 success at a depleted AFC Croxley side in Division Two.

Trailing 2-0 at half-time, the home team could only manage to field nine men for the second period and they were punished by a ruthless Hemel side as they ran out of steam.

Hot-shot Matt Durrant scored three times for Rovers, as did Nick Jackson, while substitute Callum Jones also helped himself to a quick-fire hat-trick.

Adrian Keane completed the rout for Rovers in fine style as he hit the target with a finely struck 25-yard daisy cutting drive.