A great Kings Langley home performance saw them comfortably beat BetVictor Southern Premier Central opposition Nuneaton Borough 2-0 this afternoon (Saturday, January 4).
Exciting new signing Will Hoskins, who’s represented England at various youth levels as well as playing for the likes of Watford FC and Brighton, started from the bench.
The match got off to an overwhelming start as The Lango conceded a penalty just a few minutes in. But the man between the sticks, Melvin Minter, pulled off a spectacular double save – one from the spot and one from the rebound – to keep the game level.
While Langley had a couple of half chances early on through Jordan Parkes and Saul Williams, it was Nueaton looking slightly more dangerous and Minter had to pull off another brilliant save when their striker was entirely through on goal in the 16th minute.
Captain Roddy Collins had an audacious attempt at goal from 25 yards out shortly after, but it wasn’t until the 27th minute that Langley looked truly threatening. This was when Mitchell Weiss brilliantly played striker Stevie Ward through on goal, who coolly slotted home to put the Lango in the lead. 1-0.
Langley carried that narrow lead into the break at Gaywood Park.
The home side’s received a stroke of good fortune early in the second half as David Bremang was shown his second yellow card for dissent in the 48th minute, cutting the visitors down to ten men.
Much of the second half was unsurprisingly controlled by the Lango, and they managed to deservedly double their lead in 64th minute when Saul Williams picked up the ball on the wing and penetrated the opposition’s defence before drilling home. 2-0.
Hoskins, who came off the bench in the 57th minute, was denied a debut goal in the 80th when Breeden pulled off a fantastic save from the striker’s close-range strike.
Kings had another chance to add to their lead late on as Parkes was fouled in the in the opposition’s box, but Breeden guessed the right way to keep it at 2-0.
The win means the Lango sit in 14th place with 30 points
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