Honours even in end-to-end draw for Kings

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Kings Langley 3
 Cranfield United 3

Kings Langley were held to a home draw in an entertaining clash with Cranfield United on Saturday.

Jimmy Armstrong notched a brace and Sakho Bakare also got his name on the scoresheet, but it was not enough to hand Kings all three points.

Kings started the game well and Tom Carter came close with a long range strike, before squandering a good headed opportunity, while James Kelly-McLellan was off target at the other end.

The hosts looked the more likely to take the lead and did so after 20 minutes – debutante Ben Long fed Armstrong on the right wing, and the striker showed composure to round two defenders and fire home the opener.

Bakare’s mid-air volley flew agonisingly wide soon afterwards, and Kings seemed comfortable until the game changed on the half-hour mark.

United’s Jamie Green rode three tackles and gave young Kings keeper Andy Burnell no chance on his debut between the sticks, before Luke Williamson’s cross enabled Sam Evans to put Cranfield ahead just two minutes later.

Kings struggled to get back into the game, but the pendulum swung again after 53 minutes as Jack Pattison’s run and cross was well-flighted for Bakare to rise and head home the equalizer.

Five minutes later, a Sam Warrell through-ball resulted in a 50-50 clash between Armstrong and Kings keeper Dan Green, and the striker recovered quickest to slot the ball home.

In the ascendancy, Kings failed to close the game out and Kelly-McLellan forced the ball into the net from a corner to restore parity once more.

Both sides went for the winner – Burnell tipped a fierce Manny Richardson strike over the bar and Carter’s strong run and shot flashed just past the post – but with no further goals, the points were shared.