New player-coach Jordan Parkes made his presence felt in his home debut for Kings Langley FC with an important brace in their 2-2 draw with Needham Market this afternoon (Saturday, November 23).
Langley took on Needham Market at home in the BetVictor Southern League with the away side sitting one place above them in 14th.
The home debuts of former Berkhamsted FC attacking midfielder Saul Williams and new player-coach, Jordan Parkes, were highly anticipated by fans; but few would’ve expected the instant impact of the latter.
The former Watford youngster immediately looked at home with the Lango, and got himself on the scoresheet just six minutes in with a sublime strike from the edge of the box.
The 30-year-old picked up the ball and took no time to curl it into the right-hand corner. 1-0 Kings.
By the 30th minute, Langley had peppered the Needham goal with five or six long range efforts, but only Parkes’ goal hit the target.
The Marketmen had a stroke of luck in the last moments of the half to grab an equaliser – a ball fell favourably to Craig Parker who smashed it home, sending the sides back to the changing rooms with 1-1 on the scoreboard.
Needham nicked another goal early in the second half after Langley lost the ball on the halfway line, allowing Luke Ingram to capitalise for the opposition. 1-2.
The Lango refused to give the game up though and new hero Parkes got a much-needed equaliser in the 89th minute. 2-2.
It was an important mid table tie for Langley, who had lost their previous three matches in all competitions leading up kick off. Hopefully this can kick start a series of positive results.
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