Rampant Kings Langley put Langford to the sword in eight-goal rout


Kings Langley maintained their SSML Division One title challenge with a thumping 8-0 win over Langford.

Alex Campana and Gary Connolly hit a hat-trick apiece, with Tom Carter and Paul Insley completing the rout.

Campana set Kings on the path to victory with a low and powerful free-kick after five minutes and the striker turned and converted a Jack Pattison pass soon afterwards.

Langford exerted some pressure on the Kings defence with a couple of corners after twenty minutes, but a flowing move from defence between Dean Hitchcock, Carter and Connor Toomey ended with Carter’s low header extending the Kings lead on the half hour mark.

A satisfactory first period was then rounded off when Pattison’s cross was blocked, but fell kindly for Campana to complete his sixth hat-trick of the season from close range.

Langford showed more grit as the second half opened and Josh Cranwell drew a good save from Steve Bourke when through on goal.

Kings then proceeded to waste a string of chances, with Campana and Toomey either putting wide or being foiled in one-on-one situations with Adam Harper.

But when Callum Adebiyi went on one of his trademark surges forward, the only way it could be halted was illegally and Connolly dispatched the resulting penalty.

The skipper was put through soon afterwards to hook past Harper for goal number six and when Taylor Rheney and Keiran Ellis fluuffed a chance on the outnumbered Steve Bourke, home heads went down and Insley flicked in a goal that was the hardest of the numerous chances that had fallen his way.

The final act of note came when a mesmerising run across the width of the pitch by Campana ended with his pinpoint cross giving Connolly the easiest of close range headers to complete his own hat-trick four minutes from the end.