Kings Langley left frustrated again as fog halts play at Arlesey


The weather dealt Kings Langley further frustration in a stop-start season as fog caused the abandonment of their match at Arlesley Town Reserves after they had opened up a commanding 3-0 lead.

Anxious to eradicate the memory of Saturday’s disappointment at Welwyn, Kings made a quick-fire start and had a blatant penalty appeal refused when Alex Campana was felled in the box after he had released the ball.

Mason Bush turned on Lee Burgoyne’s free-kick to fire just over, but with 10 minutes gone the visitors pinged the ball across goal from wing to wing at least three times before Bush delivered a pass from the left for Connor Toomey to pick his spot and fire past the keeper.

A Campana corner was dispatched with an emphatic close range header from Craig Preston and Kings then turned on the style with a return of their trademark interpassing and threatened to run riot as Toomey hit the bar with a snap shot.

But as the mid-half point approached, the first signs of mist appeared in both goal areas. As the visiting supporters’ anxieties grew, Danny Hutchins briefly lit up proceedings with a solo run and a powerful shot that was well saved by Makiese.

The interval brought a marked deterioration in conditions and Makiese did well to see Hutchins’ free-kick to thwart the wing-back for a second time, before Jordan Massey had the home side’s best chance with a header dealt with by Ant Ladyman.

Kings introduced new signing Nick Jackson as the match ghosted past the hour mark and he immediately showed his pedigree by beating three defenders and laying on a simple goal for Jack Johnson.

Unfortunately that was to prove the death knell for a game that had been teetering on the edge of abandonment, and with the referee’s assistants unable to see the far touchline clearly, the referee was left with little alternative but to bow to conditions.