14.9.2019

BetVictor Southern Premier League Central

Kings Langley

 

 

Hednesford Town

Elliott (51), K. Wells (68)

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Banbury United (H) 17.9.19

The Pitmen return to winning ways in the league today courtesy of two well-taken second-half goals from midfielder Tom Elliott and the in-form Kieran Wells to hand Kings Langley a defeat in their first home league game of the season

 

Gary Hayward's side arrived in Hertfordshire off the back of a challenging F.A. Cup win over Lutterworth Town last weekend to progress to the second qualifying round of the competition, where they will face league rivals Barwell at home next weekend. Hayward made three changes to the side that had found the going tough against step five Lutterworth, bringing Matt Curley, Osebi Abadaki and Brad Wells back into the fold in place of Tom Fry, Danny Glover and Kristian Scott to give his side a more attacking look to it. Ben O'Hanlon and Jack Hallahan were still unavailable for selection due to injury, although Billy Daniels was named amongst the substitutes after recovering from concussion picked up against Coalville Town last month

 

Kings Langley were hosting their first league home game of the season at the sixth attempt after having pitch-related problems during the close season, welcoming the Pitmen to their Sadiku Stadium home for the first time ever. Dean Barker's mid-table side had also made progress in the F.A. Cup last weekend, beating Barking at home to set up a home tie with Isthmian Premier League leaders Folkestone Invicta next weekend. Barker had recently made the notable capture of Watford legend Lloyd Doyley, signing the former 36-year-old former Premier League defender last month after he had left National League South side Billericay Town in the summer

Another beautiful late summer's day greeted the teams at kick-off, likely to be one of the last sunny days of the football season as autumn approaches. Kings Langley striker Mitchell Weiss had the best chance of the opening exchanges to score for the hosts in the fifth minute as he cleverly turned Ben Bailey on the edge of the penalty area to run unchallenged into the Hednesford box. Daniel Platt was alert to the danger and did well to smother Weiss's effort at his near post with a smothering save

 

The Pitmen responded with a quick break down the left wing from Abadaki, who teased his way in from the flank before sending over a fine cross that was glanced narrowly wide by Kieran Wells

 

Home midfielder Roddy Collins tested Platt's judgement in the tenth minute as he unleashed a rising shot from long-range that the Hednesford stopper did well to watch just over his crossbar

 

The hosts were shading the chances in the opening fifteen minutes, as Weiss created another opening for himself down the left by cutting inside Curley and drilling a shot at goal that was blocked well by the boot of Kieran Morris

 

 A minute later, the Pitmen earned themselves a penalty kick after Bailey's long throw dropped at the feet of King in the Kings Langley penalty area. Doyley came across to challenge the midfielder and with a swing and a miss only managed to connect with King's boot rather than the ball; the referee deemed the challenge to be illegal by the former Jamaica International and pointed to the spot. With regular penalty taker Danny Glover amongst the substitutes, Kieran Wells stepped up to take the spot-kick but disappointingly side-footed his effort at a comfortable height where keeper Melvin Minter could make a fairly simple save

 

Wells didn't allow the penalty miss to dwell on his mind, however, and continued to work hard for his goal. On the half-hour mark, a long ball forward from Platt was flicked on by King and into the path of Wells, who toe-poked the ball inches wide of the near post as he got goal-side of Collins

 

James Hurst was having a fine game playing in his new position in front of the defence, using his range of passing and athleticism to break down any direct attacks from Kings Langley and starting new attacks for the Pitmen. He was, however, the first name in the book on thirty-three minutes after a high challenge on Collins in midfield

 

Max Hercules - the son of the famous 1980s/90s Aylesbury United striker Cliff - was getting some joy down the Kings Langley left wing up against Curley, sending over a cross on forty-one minutes that was eventually turned just wide of Platt's far post by Charlie Pattison after the hosts had recycled the ballon the edge of the Hednesford penalty area

 

In the final minute of the first half, a long ball forwards from Minter was inadvertently flicked on by Morris and into the path of Charlie Ruff, only for the striker's ambitious lob over Platt to drop wide of the Hednesford goal

 

It had been a keenly-fought first-half that had lacked overall quality from either side, with the Pitmen left a frustrated outfit at the break following Wells' penalty miss and another slightly languid performance that had been similar to the past three games

 

The second-half was an altogether different game for the visitors, however, as they seized the initiative early on in the half and never looked like relinquishing it. With their first real attack of the half on fifty-one minutes, a long throw from Bailey on the left was not cleared by the Kings Langley defence, allowing Tom Elliott to seize upon the loose ball and cleverly steer the ball over the heads of the Kings Langley defenders and into the net with an opportunistic half volley - a fine goal from a player who had looked a little off his game in recent games but was looking far more of a threat in this afternoon's encounter

 

Platt was called upon to keep his side in front on fifty-eight minutes to make a superb save at his near post to divert a goalbound effort from goal after the winger had nipped in behind Morris to strike at goal from an angle

 

The Wells brothers linked up to create an opening for the Pitmen on the hour mark, as Kieran laid the ball off the Brad on the corner of the Kings Langley penalty area, culminating in a swerving effort from Brad that was brilliantly turned away from goal by Minter to deny the returning forward a certain goal

 

From the resultant corner kick, the ball made it's way back to taker Elliott by Hurst, whose deep cross was headed wide of goal at the far post by Brad Wells, who rose highest to meet the ball but got his angles wrong was miscued his effort

 

Kieran Wells' persistence created an opening for him on sixty-three minutes, as long ball forwards saw the burly striker get the better of Doyley before another toe-punted effort from the edge of the Kings Langley area drifted narrowly wide of Minter's far post

Ruff was denied a clear sight at goal by a last-ditch tackle from Bailey on sixty-seven minutes, scampering across his box to turn the ball behind for a corner before the striker could get his shot away

From the resultant Kings Langley corner, the Pitmen broke quickly after clearing their lines, with Hurst taking the ball into the opposition half and playing the ball up to Brad Wells. The forward switched the ball across the pitch with a fine pass out to Elliott on the left wing, with the Pitmen's goalscorer delivering a delightful cushioned pass into the path pf Kieran Wells, whose instinctiveness saw him get goal-side of Doyley and poke the ball past Minter from close-range

The Pitmen looked to protect their two-goal lead immediately with their first change of the afternoon on sixty-nine minutes as Daniels returned to the side to replace the hard-working Brad Wells

Kings Langley thought that they had found a way back into the game on seventy-five minutes as substitute Harry Crawford turned a loose ball past Platt from seven yards out, only to be denied by an offside flag on the main stand side

Superb feet from Abadaki saw him leave two Kings Langley players in his wake on eighty minutes, showing a clever turn of pace to swivel past two defenders following a short corner from Elliot and crossing into the danger zone; Doyley was alert to the danger and hacked the ball away from goal before Wells could seize upon the loose ball

Elliott's inswinging corner kick was at the perfect height for King to attack, with the midfielder's downward header headed off the goal-line by Kyle Connolly as the Pitmen continued to press for more goals

Elliott was in the mood for more goals, and went close again to adding to his tally on eighty-one minutes with a beautifully hit volley from the edge of the penalty area that dipped inches over the Kings Langley crossbar

As the game drifted into added time, the Pitmen made their final change of the afternoon with Scott replacing Elliott in midfield to eat up some of the three minutes of added time

 

The impressive Hurst was given a well-earned rest by Hayward with four minutes remaining as he continued his comeback from injury, with Charlie Gatter brought on in this place to sit in front of the solid Hednesford back line

 

Another excellent result for the Pitmen that moves them up into third place in the table, level on points with Stourbridge and just a point off top spot where local rivals Rushall Olympic currently sit. In-form Banbury United visit the PRG Stadium @ Keys Park on Tuesday night, giving Hayward's men a chance to go top of the table if results go their way as they look to continue their fine form that has seen them plunder fifteen goals already this season and only concede four in the process

 

Kings Langley: Minter, K. Connolly, Farrell, Collins Adebiyi ©, Doyley, McKeown , Pattison (Crawford 72), Weiss, Ruff (Coldicott-Stevens 83), Hercules      Subs Unused: Victor, Campbell-Mhlope, G. Connolly

 

Hednesford Town: Platt, Curley, Griffiths, Bailey © , Morris, King, Hurst  (Gatter 86), Abadaki, K. Wells, Elliott (Scott 90), B. Wells (Daniels 69)    Subs Unused: Glover, Fry

 

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