Kings Langley see off Levy Green to move to within two wins of the title

Alex Campana in action for Kings Langley against Leverstock Green. Picture (c) Chris Riddell
Alex Campana in action for Kings Langley against Leverstock Green. Picture (c) Chris Riddell

Kings Langley are within touching distance of the SSML Premier Division title as their 2-0 victory over Leverstock Green kept them 16 points clear at the top of the table.

With the finishing line in sight, Kings produced a strangely subdued first half performance, as Levy – 15 places and 51 points behind their hosts – gave a spirited and cultured account of themselves, attacking from the off.

Kings keeper Charlie Cowley was forced into a superb tip-over in the third minute, and Luke Ladyman made a perfectly timed recovery tackle on Sledge Mubama when the latter raced through.

Kings did produce a good move midway through the half that ended with Lewis Toomey netting, but that was disallowed for offside.

Apart from a Mitchell Weiss shot past the post, table topping Kings ended the half as distinctly second best.

The Langley management duo of Ritchie Hanlon and Paul Hughes were not amused, making two substitutions and switching to a 4-3-3 formation.

Lewis Toomey scored both goals for Kings Langley against Leverstock Green. Picture (c) Chris Riddell

Lewis Toomey scored both goals for Kings Langley against Leverstock Green. Picture (c) Chris Riddell

Things improved almost immediately as Mitchell Weiss hit the bar and Toomey buried the rebound with a stooping, close range header.

Green, though, refused to be daunted by that set-back and Callum Wright failed to capitalise on an error by his namesake as the usually reliable defence still showed an uncharacteristic vulnerability.

Carl McClusky went close for the visitors, but Langley finally ensured that the form book was ratified when a Weiss cross from the left was headed home in emphatic style by the experienced Toomey.

Dan McNicholas made a great fingertip save onto the crossbar to deny Ollie Cox, while Green went to the end, still putting together some neat inter-passing moves without a real cutting edge.

For Kings, it was a case of not playing particularly well, but still grinding out a win and that is exactly the quality needed to become champions.

Victories in the next two matches would see expectations exceeded and that title bestowed next Saturday.