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VITAL VICTORY: Kings Langley FC avoid relegation with important win

 Published on: 24th April 2022   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Kings Langley F.C

Kings Langley FC are staying up after a dramatic victory on the final day of the season.

They won 2-0 at Salisbury FC yesterday (April 23) to secure their Southern Premier South status for another season.

Their victory came in dramatic circumstances after they had Aryan Tajbakhsh sent off late in the second half as he conceded a penalty when Kings only had a slender one-goal lead.

However, Alfie Marriott was the hero in the Kings Langley goal as he saved the penalty before Erin Amu went on to seal the victory in injury time.

It capped off a remarkable end of the season for Kings who had beat Hendon 4-2 the week before to keep their survival hopes alive.

They made the most of the opportunity in Wiltshire as they showed an abundance of quality and professionalism see off Salisbury, who are managed by former Leicester City and Portsmouth player Steve Claridge.

Knowing victory was likely to be the only way Kings could survive they took the initiative early on with Alfie Williams firing Kings into the lead in the 16th minute.

Langley continued to create chances with Jamie Jellis, Bradley Waskins, and Williams going close to adding a second.

However, the drama was to come in the 77th minute at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium when Tajbakhsh saw red before Marriott etched his name in the club’s folklore as he produced a great penalty save.

The result means Kings finish third from the bottom, but a better points per game record than the teams that finished in the same position in the other Step Three divisions means they survive.

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