Kings held by a spot of bad luck

Football.Buckingham Athletic (blue) v Kings Langley.Jimmy Armstrong KL.'111001M-H351
Football.Buckingham Athletic (blue) v Kings Langley.Jimmy Armstrong KL.'111001M-H351
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Harpenden Town 2 Kings Langley 2

KINGS Langley were hit by penalties either side of half-time as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Harpenden Town.

Stalemate specialists Harpenden, who have now recorded 11 draws this season, equalised twice from the spot after Craig Lynskey and Gary Wallace had given Kings the lead on two occasions.

The visitors will count themselves unfortunate not to have taken all three points, and drop a place to fourth in the MSSML Division One table as a result of the draw.

Lynskey had put the visitors ahead when he turned and fired a perfectly placed shot just below the bar, but Harpenden were back on level terms five minutes later.

The referee pointed to the spot after spotting a foul in a crowded box, and Jimmy Hill had no trouble in dispatching the resulting penalty kick.

There was no further scoring in the first half, but it did not take Kings long to regain their lead after the interval.

With 47 minutes on the clock, Sam Warrell’s free-kick found its way to Wallace who got the slightest of touches to guide the ball home.

But again, Harpenden pegged the visitors back just minutes later as Hill notched his second from the spot.

A Kings player was adjudged to have been holding his opponent in the area, and Hill stepped up to restore parity once more.

Both teams pressed for a winner, with Kings keeper Ross Channer forced into a fine save and Lynskey putting a header over the bar at the other end.

Jimmy Armstrong then went close for Kings as he rode a rash challenge and put his effort narrowly wide.

With no further scoring, though, both teams had to settle for a point and Kings can take solace in the fact that their unbeaten run now stretches to 14 games.