Keeper woes go from bad to worse for Kings

Football.Buckingham Athletic (blue) v Kings Langley.Gary Connolly KL.'111001M-H269
Football.Buckingham Athletic (blue) v Kings Langley.Gary Connolly KL.'111001M-H269

Football: It was a bad afternoon for Kings Langley and goalkeepers in general as Kings took a 7-2 mauling against Langford.

Keeper Ross Channer turned an ankle in the warm-up and Ross Hampton, not fully recovered from his match-ending injury on Boxing Day, was pressed into service, while Langford’s Grant Beckwith was forced off with a hand injury late in the first half.

By then a pedestrian Kings’ defence had conceded two goals in the first quarter and manager Paul Hobbs gambled on an early substitution and a change to three at the back.

It could have paid off as Jimmy Armstrong scraped the bar and Craig Lynskey was robbed by a superb last ditch tackle.

As the second half opened Jack Johnson had a shot blocked on the goal-line and Langford broke to score through Forsythe.

This proved to be the story of the match as everything Langford attempted paid off with a further four goals past a clearly struggling Ross Hampton and the ball refusing to go in at the other end, as further efforts were either off the line or struck woodwork, Sam Warrell unbelievably hitting both posts with one shot.

Jimmy Armstrong and Gary Connolly did finally grab scant consolation goals as Kings were left to reflect that although they had performed well below their recent standards, with a degree of luck, the scoreline could have been a lot closer!