Kings Langley FC bounced back to form in emphatic style as they thrashed Wodson Park 7-1 in the second round of the SSML Division One Cup.
After defeat in their last outing, Kings were back to their fluent best as they produced an all-action display to set up a quarter-final visit to Baldock Town.
Despite their impressive performance, it took an early goal from Park to jolt Kings into life, as the ball fell kindly for Ben Carles on the left and his angled shot beat the advancing Steve Bourke – Kings’ second debutante keeper in the space of three days.
From then on, the alternative strike partnership of Lewis Pritchard and Paul Insley tore the visitors apart as Insley deflected in Pritchard’s shot to equalise.
Pritchard then demonstrated an exquisite turn to beat James Sturgeon and, when Insley’s shot was well parried by the visiting keeper, Pritchard headed home the rebound.
The constant closing down of space and the pace of Kings’ passing was too much for Park to live with, and Connor Toomey closed the half by rattling the crossbar.
Minutes after the restart, a sublime Pritchard backward flick set up Insley for his second, and when the visitors contributed to their own woes with a poor back pass, Pritchard gratefully accepted the invitation to coolly round the keeper and complete his hat-trick.
There was still time for two more goals in injury time, with Adam Hallissey finishing Paul Insley’s chip and Jack Johnson launching himself to a Callum Adebiyi cross to seal the win