Kings spot on in season opener

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Kings Langley made a winning start to the new season as they beat Hatfield Town 7-6 on penalties to progress to the second round of the Herts Charity Shield.

With the scores tied at 3-3 after 90 minutes, Kings kept their cool from the spot and Jack Johnson slotted home the winning kick to send his side through.

Kings had opened the scoring early on as Jimmy Armstrong pickd up where he left off last season by lobbing home to put his side in front.

Hatfield finally settled into the game mid-way through the first half and fired in a couple of warning shots, before Sam Harris replicated the opening goal to restore parity.

Town hit the woodwork soon afterwards, and it was the visitors who took the lead on the hour mark when Matt Hodges slotted home.

Kings hit back through a Nathan Pooley free-kick, but Hatfield regained the lead courtesy of an Aaron Ewing effort.

The home side were not about to concede the tie, however, and debutante defender Scott Bonner met Sam Warrell’s corner with a stunning mid-air volley after 83 minutes to send the game to penalties.

Both sides missed a penalty during the shoot-out, but Kings keeper Ross Hampton kept out Hatfield’s eighth kick to allow Johnson to fire his side through.