Cup Kings celebrate at the end of a season to remember

Kings Langley FC retained the SSML Division One Cup
Kings Langley FC retained the SSML Division One Cup

Kings Langley ended the season on a high as they retained the SSML Division One Cup, days after clinching promotion to the Premier Division.

It was Langley’s third consecutive appearance in the final, and they recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Risborough Rangers to lift the trophy.

Rangers made a quick-fire start and Lawrence Clark had the first sight of goal, while Jack Johnson brought a save from Steve Clark at the other end and an Alex Campana volley went narrowly wide.

Kings took the lead after 20 minutes when a Paul Insley cross fell to Campana, who twisted and turned, opening up space for Mitchell Weiss to step in and send a low shot past the unsighted Clark.

Kings were moving smoothly through the gears, with a fierce Gary Connolly shot parried, and it was little surprise when they doubled their lead on the half hour mark.

A miscued clearance looped high into the air and was volleyed home from 20 yards by Danny Hutchins, via the right hand post.

The second half saw an assured display from Kings as keeper Ant Ladyman and the usual defensive trio of Dean Hitchcock, Craig Preston and Callum Adebiyi showed why they have the best record in the division.

Wing-backs Jack Johnson and Connor Toomey always offered an extra dimension and Connolly and Danny Hutchins had to be at their best to combat a quick moving Rangers midfield.

The Risborough players battled to the end, but could make little impression and it was fitting that substitute Nick Jackson fed Kings skipper Gary Connolly to wrap up the win in the last minute.

The Kings faithful, drained of emotions, can now relax at the end of an historic season and look forward to the 2014/14 Premier Division campaign.