Kings Langley 2 Hoddesdon Town 1
KINGS Langley kept up their impressive end of season form with a well-earned win against third-placed Hoddesdon Town.
Top goalscorer Jimmy Armstrong was the hero for Kings once again as he notched a brace to secure the deserved three points for his side.
While promotion is just out of reach for Kings, their late charge will give the side hope of mounting a sustained title challenge next season.
Kings signalled their attacking intentions early on, with Jack Johnson and Armstrong creating chances in the first three minutes, while Jamie Brandon fired over at the other end after twenty minutes.
Five minutes later, the first major incident of the game arrived.
With Gary Connolly off the field receiving medical attention, Hoddesdon were awarded a contentious penalty for a Luke Ladyman tackle on Dean Barker.
Kings keeper Ross Hampton, however, added to his ever-growing reputation as one of the best stoppers in the division as he produced a superb save from Gary Simmonds at the foot of the post.
And within four minutes, Armstrong was felled in the penalty area at the other end, and he responded by showing how a penalty should be taken.
Despite Nathan Pooley and Johnson having good second half chances, it was not until ten minutes from the end that a Gary Wallace long throw was touched on to Armstrong to head home what proved to be the killer second goal.
Craig Lynskey’s break and chip over the keeper looked to be the third, until Kevin Metivier appeared from nowhere to make a last-ditch clearance off the line.
Hoddesdon substitute Dave Ayres denied Hampton a clean sheet late on, but Kings held out well to secure the win.
It was a good weekend for the club as a whole, with the Kings Langley Reserves doing enough to clinch the MSSML Reserve Division One title.
Their 2-2 draw with Risborough Rangers Reserves meant the side comfortably wrapped up the championship with two games to spare.