Evergreen Eagles 0 Kings Langley Ladies 2
Kings Langley Ladies recorded their sixth consecutive win to maintain this year’s unbeaten record.
Nicole Barrett struck either side of half-time to earn the win and keep her side’s hot streak going.
Barrett had a glorious chance to break the deadlock after just 30 seconds but shot wide with the goal at her mercy.
Mary Hogan then saw a thunderous effort parried by the home keeper just minutes later.
It what rapidly turned into a scrappy match, Kim Nield broke free but saw her shot hit the post, while Jade North’s excellent curling free-kick was ruled out by the referee.
A change in personnel saw both Sam Walters and Claire Domeney enter the contest for Kings, and the breakthrough finally came shortly after the half hour mark.
Nield raced through and was brought down by the keeper, but managed to squeeze the ball wide to Barrett. With the advantage being played, Barrett struck the post but followed up to steer the ball home to give her side the lead.
Five minutes into the second half, Evergreen had the chance to get back into the match when they were awarded a penalty, but Kings keeper Vicki Taylor made her fourth penalty save of the season to keep Kings’ slender lead intact.
Barrett and Nield continued to work hard to break through a stubborn home defence, and Kings piled on the pressure in the last 10 minutes.
Jade North’s free kick from a backpass fell to Nield, but she could not get the power to ram it home.
Barrett, though, made sure of the win two minutes from time – sliding the ball into the far corner for her second goal of the game.
Seconds later, Nield struck the post again but Kings had already done enough to make sure of the three points.
Kings now go into their last game of the season in a make or break battle for second place against Bedwell Rangers. Kick-off 2pm on Sunday at Dacorum Running Track.