Cup crusade goes on for Kings Langley

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Cuffley 2 Kings Langley 3

KINGS made hard work of advancing to the next round of the County Cup against a lively Cuffley side from the Herts County League.

The visitors threatened to swamp the home side with continued pressure in the opening stages, but had only Craig Lynskey’s chipped shot – well saved by Scott Montgomery – to show for all their good approach work.

And it was Cuffley who went ahead after 30 minutes as Rio Enver forced the ball home from a corner.

Kings hit back before the break, though, as Steve Noonan won the ball for Jimmy Armstrong to turn and unleash a shot into the net from the edge of the box.

A serious injury to Cuffley’s Jack Hoy brought the half to a close, and his second half replacement was straight into the thick of the action.

He unfairly ended Gary Connolly’s run through the defence, and Connolly dusted himself off to dispatch the resulting spot-kick.

When a Jack Johnson through-ball set up Gary Wallace to lob the Cuffley keeper under pressure, it should have been game over, but the pace of Enver was still troubling Kings.

The visitors were relieved to see Enver suffer a glaring miss, before Max Beels set up a tight finish with a scrambled header five minutes from time.

Kings, however, held on for the win to book their place in the next round.