TRING Athletic secured a league double over Kingsbury London Tigers with a solid 2-0 win at The Grass Roots Stadium.
Andy Mullins and Nick Jackson struck before half-time, and Tring held on resolutely to secure the important victory.
Kingsbury started brightly, with Athletic goalkeeper Tom Vincent kept on his toes in the early exchanges.
However, two mistakes from the visitors’ defence handed Tring a commanding advantage.
Athletic’s first goal came in the 16th minute courtesy of Mullins. The right-back took advantage of a deflection off a Kingsbury defender, and fired home to give the hosts the advantage.
And the lead was doubled soon after, following an error from visiting keeper Dwayne Adeleye. The Kingsbury stopper failed to collect a hanging cross, and Ryan Redford knocked the loose ball across goal for Jackson to net his 15th goal of the season.
Tring could have extended their lead before half-time, with Ashley Addison, Graham Hall and Redford all threatening to add a third, but the hosts had to settle for a two-goal lead at the interval.
To Kingsbury’s credit, though, they were much improved in the second half and started to look more of a danger going forward.
Both sides had chances to score, with Vincent reacting smartly to push an effort from Kingsbury substitute Kyle Hendrix round the post, before Mullins was thwarted at the other end.
The game continued to pulsate from box to box, but there were no further goals and Tring held out for the win.