It’s the final countdown for Kings Langley

Paul Insley, Kings Langley FC
Paul Insley, Kings Langley FC

Kings Langley will appear in their third consecutive SSML Division One Cup final after overcoming a spirited Chesham United Reserves side 5-2 at The Meadow.

Against a backcloth of rain that was to continue for the whole match, Nick Jackson was again quick out of the blocks – this time finishing from close range after Paul Insley’s shot was blocked.

Mitchell Weiss showed composure to put Kings further ahead when he latched on to a long ball, wrong footed the defender, rounded the keeper and slotted home.

For United, Tashan Dwyer was proving a handful on the left flank and Ant Ladyman had to pull off a brave save at his feet as half-time beckoned.

But it was Kings who delivered the killer blow in the first minute of the second half as Danny Hutchins put Insley through and, although Jack Hopwood parried his shot, he was powerless to save the rebound.

To their credit, the young United side refused to capitulate as the conditions became more treacherous.

The game opened up completely as play flowed from end to end, and Reece Cameron reduced the deficit with a powerful shot that skidded past Ladyman – only for an instant reply from Weiss, who was put through again to beat the exposed Hopwood.

Chris Mason brought a flying save from the Kings keeper, who needed the help of his defenders to clear two off the line in as many minutes as United threw everything forward.

The visitors took advantage of this approach when another Hutchins through-ball gave U18 striker Matt Bateman the chance to finish with aplomb, but United couldn’t believe it when Ladyman blocked a point blank effort to deny what seemed a certain goal.

A fitting finale saw an Insley shot cleared off the line, before indecision in the Kings defence allowed David O’Connor to slot in Chesham’s second and complete the scoring.

Kings will now be gearing up for the final, which takes place on May 7 at London Colney against Risborough Rangers.