Kings Langley 4 New Bradwell St Peter 1
Kings Langley produced one of the best footballing displays seen at Gaywood Park for many seasons as their possession and interpassing left the Peters chasing shadows.
Kings opened the scoring with a classic move which began with Jack Johnson surging out of defence and passing to Sam Warrell, who put the ball in the path of Jimmy Armstrong on the right, and his cross was met with a midair volley by Shaun Owens for his third goal in as many games.
Armstrong then missed a penalty, before atoning with two goals in the space of six minutes – the first a glancing header from an interpassing move between Warrell and Owens and the second coming when he took a through-ball from Jack Johnson to superbly turn the defender and guide the ball past the keeper.
Kings lost Warrell, Gary Coyle and Callum Adebiyi through injury in the second half, but with all five substitutes having the quality to expect a first team place, there was little disruption.
A Nathan Pooley free kick was superbly tipped over by James Howarth – a feat immediately emulated by Dan Rice from a Jamie Cox chip – before Craig Lynskey took a pass on the left, cut back, beat two defenders and netted a fine individual goal with a low shot.
Jamie Cox pulled one back with a free-kick, while Armstrong pursued a hat-trick to the final minute when he had a shot cleared off the line.