Penalty woe for Kings in the cup

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Bedford 3
 Kings Langley 3
 (Bedford win 5-4 on penalties)

There was cup heartbreak for Kings Langley as they were sent crashing out of the Challenge Trophy on penalties.

Kings had started the encounter brightly and, when Sakho Bakare picked up the ball wide on the left, his rasping shot was in the far corner of the net before Bedford keeper Wayne Simpson had moved.

But Bedford’s own left wing was looking dangerous and, despite Kings playing their trademark possession football, the hosts were back in it when Jonny Allen’s low cross was turned into his own net by Luke Ladyman.

King responded with a quality move that ended with a Bakare header flying just over, and his through-ball saw Craig Lynskey’s shot saved by the keeper’s legs.

However, it was Bedford who scored next when a through-ball eluded Jack Pattison, leaving William Sells to run on and finish.

Kings became increasingly sloppy in the second half and were relieved to get back in it when Jack Johnson fed Bakare and he produced another spectacular shot from an acute angle.

That was undone within six minutes when Nathan Pooley and Callum Adebiyi should have dealt with a raking cross, but Tony Thorpe outwitted both to head home.

Kings surged back, with Tom Carter just failing to finish a flowing move between Jimmy Armstrong and Craig Lynskey.

With time running out, a diving Armstrong header from a Sam Warrell cross levelled proceedings again and the game went into-extra-time.

The tie became increasingly tetchy and Warrell was dismissed for a second yellow, but with no further score, it was Kings who blinked first in the shoot-out and Bedford went through 5-4 on penalties.