Kings complete the double with dramatic win over St Margaretsbury

Kings Langley FC celebrate their Challenge Trophy victory. Picture (c) Stacey Riddell PNL-150405-093605002
Kings Langley FC celebrate their Challenge Trophy victory. Picture (c) Stacey Riddell PNL-150405-093605002

Kings Langley completed a superb double as they added the Challenge Trophy to their Premier Division title when they beat St Margaretsbury 5-4 on penalties at London Colney.

Kings were made to fight hard by a determined Bury side, who put memories of their heavy defeat at Gaywood Park 14 days earlier behind them as they went on the offensive from the start.

Mitchell Weiss scored both of the goals for Kings Langley in normal time. Picture (c) Chris Riddell

Mitchell Weiss scored both of the goals for Kings Langley in normal time. Picture (c) Chris Riddell

Charlie Edwards put a shot just past the post as Kings struggled to get into any sort of rhythm and looked to be second best.

But apart from the early chance, neither side had tested the keepers and it was against the run of play when Kings striker Mitchell Weiss took a lobbed forward pass on the left wing, cut inside, and went on to ride two tackles before slotting a low precision shot past Lee Robinson.

Bury were stunned, but picked themselves up to hit back within two minutes as a free-kick was met with a fine glancing header from Charlie Edwards for the equaliser.

Five minutes into the second half Bury went ahead as a costly error by Charlie Crowley saw his shanked clearance fall to Mark Summers and the unmarked striker accepted the invitation.

Kings Langley FC joint managers Ritchie Hanlon and Paul Hughes. Picture (c) Chris Riddell

Kings Langley FC joint managers Ritchie Hanlon and Paul Hughes. Picture (c) Chris Riddell

Kings’ answer was a double substitution and a change of formation, and the introduction of Lewis Toomey at allowed them to show the large crowd just why they are champions. An Alex Campana free-kick was fisted over, a Dean Hitchcock shot deflected onto the post and a Toomey shot went inches over.

Lee Roberts had a shot well saved by Crowley, but the pressure at the other end finally paid off after a Luke Ladyman header was tipped over by Robinson.From the resulting corner, the skipper produced an almost identical header through a crowded box and an alert Weiss stooped to divert it past the keeper.

The drama ramped up a gear when Joss Lillis had the ball in the net for Bury in the third minute of time added on, but the assistant’s offside flag halted their celebrations.

Extra-time saw the battle continue until the penultimate minute of the extended match saw Luke Ladyman guilty of a trip in the box.

Up stepped Edwards, but Charlie Crowley threw himself to his right to block it and then incredibly scrambled to his feet to repeat the act from Summers’ follow-up.

Both teams knew that Kings had ridden their luck, and that may have been on the mind of Jack Bartlett as he spooned Bury’s first penalty over the bar.

Roberts, Summers, Edwards and Ed Taylor duly converted, but Kings’ reply was five perfect penalties from Danny Hutchins, Campana, Lewis Toomey, Dean Hitchcock and finally a cool Connor Toomey – delivering the last kick of a great season and ensuring a fantastic double.