Retiring Kings boss ends reign with a win

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Kings Langley 2 Buckingham Athletic 0

PAUL Hobbs signed off as Kings Langley manager with a routine victory over Buckingham Athletic that confirmed the club’s fourth-placed finish in MSSML Division One.

Gary Connolly and Jimmy Armstrong got the goals for Kings to ensure Hobbs ended his Gaywood Park reign on a high.

Neither team had much to play for going into the game, and the first half was an understandably mellow affair, before a nasty head wound to Steve Noonan saw him finish his season requiring hospital treatment.

Kings upped the tempo after that, and headers from Matt Collier and Tom Carter went close, before Jimmy Armstrong and Jack Johnson had efforts cleared off the line.

With 20 minutes remaining, Gary Connolly finally broke the deadlock with a dipping 25-yard shot that grazed the underside of the bar.

The final minutes produced a bizarre pinball sequence as two headers from Armstrong were blocked on the line, before his third attempt found the net – giving him a final goal tally of 58 for the season – to wrap up the win.

Kings were left to reflect on a highly successful season – finishing just outside the promotion slots and reaching three finals – and paid tribute to the retiring Hobbs for three impressive years in which he has given so much to the club.