Kings put league leaders to the sword

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A noon kick off proved a popular choice as a bumper Christmas crowd watched Kings Langley thrash runaway league leaders London Colney 4-0.

Kings were on top from the off, with Jimmy Armstrong forcing a good reaction save from Colney keeper John Gregory in the first minute.

Kings stopper Ross Hampton made a good save from a free-kick soon afterwards, but the first quarter was almost continuous one-way traffic.

And the hosts’ pressure paid off when Craig Lynskey wrong-footed his marker with a sublime feint before crossing for Steve Noonan to head home his third goal in as many matches.

With Colney still reeling, a diagonal ball into the box was forced home by a falling Sam Warrell minutes later.

Although John Butler put a shot marginally wide and Hampton came out to deny Jim Warner on the stroke of the interval, it was Kings that continued to dictate the half as both Armstrong and Lynskey shot inches over.

The visitors, aware that their 19-game unbeaten league run was vulnerable, became more physical in the second half.

A collision between the outcoming Hampton and Matt Newman – rightly seen as accidental by the referee – meant the young keeper was unable to continue and Ross Channer deputised.

The half was further fragmented as Colney’s Sam Wilkinson and Kings’ Warrell twisted knee and ankle joints, respectively, and were carried off.

But the home side made use of the eight minutes of time added on to finish in style as Jack Johnson’s through ball saw Armstrong slot in off the far post, before Noonan bundled in a free-kick that the keeper had mishandled.