Hot run comes to an end as Kings lose out

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Cranfield United 3 Kings Langley 0

KINGS’ run of seven consecutive wins came to a grinding halt at Cranfield in a result which added another hefty dent to the visitors’ outside hopes of earning a promotion spot.

Early honours were even as both teams searched for openings, and Kings’ Chris Mason came closest when his inswinging free-kick hit the post.

But it was United that grabbed the initiative when Jermain Ivy’s cross was swept in from close range by Jack Leadbetter.

And within two minutes the lead was doubled when Nathan Pooley lost possession and Alex Baker somehow wriggled through a crowded area to set up Stuart Reynolds who beat the outcoming Ross Channer.

Kings never really recovered from the two minute barrage and when Gary Connolly’s penalty was saved by Dan Green on the half hour– after Jimmy Armstrong had needlessly been brought down – the game effectively slipped away.

Craig Lynskey and Jimmy Armstrong still caused United problems, but the home defence blocked everything that came their way and keeper Green dealt well with any shots that did get through.

The home side took every opportunity to run at the defence with slick interplay, and it was no surprise when Reynolds’ low shot put the result beyond doubt with just under 30 minutes left to play.