Carter is the FA Cup King for Langley

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Kings Langley 1
St Margaretsbury 1

Tom Carter came off the bench to keep Kings’ FA Cup ambitions alive with a late equaliser against St Margaretsbury.

Langley had fallen behind with just seven minutes played when Ricky Light rifled home after the defence failed to clear their lines, and the hosts struggled to make any impact until the 37th minute when Gary Coyle had a shot well saved by Matt Deamer.

The midfielder then hit the bar, before Craig Lynskey and Jimmy Armstrong combined to give him an opening as the half ended – but his close range effort failed to trouble the keeper.

St Margaretsbury had been on top in the first half, but Kings shuffled the pack and found their rhythm in the second period.

Armstrong missed a golden opportunity to level on 77 minutes, but when Carter was introduced minutes later, he proved to be the saviour for Kings.

There seemed little danger when he picked up the ball wide on the left, but his 30 yard rocket gave Deamer no chance as it swerved into the far corner of the net.

Kings keeper Ross Hampton pulled off a save from Anthony Anstead’s, but the game ended all square. At the time the Gazette went to press, the sides were preparing for the replay.