Kings Langley 1 London Lions 2
THE luxury of a two week break left Kings Langley looking rusty rather than refreshed as they turned in one of their worst performances of the season in the first-half against London Lions.
Lone striker Jimmy Armstrong looked isolated up front as he received little support from his midfield, who seemed bogged down on a very heavy pitch.
The conditions did not seem to have the same effect on Lions, however, who looked far more committed than the hosts.
The lively Josh Kennet put the visitors ahead with a well placed free-kick and the hot-shot rifled in a partial clearance minutes later.
The second half had to see an improvement from Kings and within minutes Lions had their first anxious moments as Gary Wallace headed over and Nathan Pooley shot wide.
Ten minutes later, a searching crossfield ball was finally delivered beyond the far post and Wallace headed it back for Armstrong to nod home.
Matt Johnson and Arturas Simakovas were introduced for the ineffectual wide midfielders as the crowd got behind the home side and, when Lions’ Craig Ellis was dismissed, Kings looked to be in for at least a share of the points.
But the visitors withstood everything Kings threw at them in the last twenty minutes to register the win their overall performance deserved.