Impressive Kings sink Fleet Town to close in on the title

Kings Langley could clinch the title on Saturday. Picture (c) Chris Riddell
Kings Langley could clinch the title on Saturday. Picture (c) Chris Riddell
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Kings Langley took another big stride towards the Southern League Division 1 Central title as they swept Fleet Town aside in a 2-0 win at Gaywood Park on Saturday.

Needing three wins to clinch the title and their third consecutive promotion, Kings showed little sign of nerves, attacking from the off and seeing an instinctive Mitchell Weiss volley hit the bar in the first minute.

Fleet, who had been in action twice in midweek, understandably struggled to keep up, but were developing some neat moves when a long kick from Kings keeper Xavi Comas gave Weiss an opportunity on the break.

When his shot was only parried by Ryan Pryce, Steve Ward was quick to follow up and net from close range for the opener.

Despite both sides always looking for the intelligent ball out of defence, chances remained at a premium until a Connor Toomey cross was only partially cleared and David Hutton fired a low 20-yard shot past the apparently unsighted Pryce.

As the half closed, an intricate passing movement by Town almost breached the defence, but Emmanuel Folarin cleared the lines and Kings went in far from complacent.

Danny Hutchins recommenced proceedings with a thunderbolt that Pryce acrobatically held in mid-air, before Weiss shot just wide.

The visiting goalmouth was by far the busier of the two, with Matt Bateman foiled in the last minute by a saving tackle from fellow substitute Josh Taylor when he was about to pull the trigger.

At the conclusion Kings knew they were still in the driving seat and seven days away from possibly writing a new page in their 130-year history.