Kings strike late to snatch Winslow win

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Winslow United 1
 Kings Langley 2

Kings Langley’s Luke Ladyman struck late to earn his side all three points against Winslow United.

With no less than nine of the first team squad unavailable, Kings were forced into changes but started well – a Shaun Owens cross leading to blocked shots from Sakho Bakare and Nathan Pooley.

Both sides had chances and, on the half hour mark, the hosts had a golden opportunity to open the scoring from the penalty spot.

Kings keeper Ant Ladyman guessed correctly, however, and dived to his left to deny James Wardell.

Two minutes later, Dan Weeks – who enjoyed a solid debut at left-back – took a quick throw-in to Bakare, who turned well, made himself space and drove a low shot into the net.

The Kings lead was destined to last just one minute, though, as a free-kick was only partially cleared, allowing home skipper Joe Donaldson to stab the loose ball into the net from close range.

The second half continued to be a closely-fought affair but, with Luke Ladyman negating Winslow’s threats down the middle and Jack Pattison seeming to win every ball in midfield, Kings upped the tempo.

And with just two minutes left to play, Kings finally got their reward when Pattison’s free-kick, was spilled by the United keeper, allowing Ladyman to claim the final touch and earn a welcome three points.