Kings Langley have been crowned champions of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division at the first time of asking after a 2-0 victory over Wembley at Gaywood Park last night.
This brings promotion to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 at Step 4 of the National League and is an astonishing follow up to last season’s elevation from Step 6.
There were bold managerial decisions ahead of the potentially historic encounter, resulting in a recall for Danny May, disappointment for Tom Carter and Ollie Cox, and a change of formation to the fashionable 4-2-3-1.
Kings showed no sign of nerves and opened well with Alex Campana testing Bart Fogler and a Lewis Toomey flick going just wide, while at the other end Yassine Fehmi-Gil shot straight at Ant Ladyman.
Wembley are a strong side who like to move the ball quickly, so there was a fair amount of cancelling out and, although Kings had the better possession and chances, they had to wait until the 54th minute before Toomey brought the crowd to its feet.
The run of Mitchell Weiss was forced across the defence, but he cut the ball back from wide left and Toomey’s flick seemed to have been saved by Fogler, but the keeper fumbled and the alert striker scored from close range.
Kings now had one hand on the trophy and strengthened that grip when a similar run across the back four, this time by Toomey, saw him lay the ball back to Danny Hutchins and his shot from 25 yards arrowed into the net.
When Attila Fekete was dismissed for a bizarre kick at Campana, Wembley bowed to the inevitable and the following 25 minutes were a stress-free prelude to King’s coronation.
It’s been a wonderful achievement by players and management, playing football in a style that has brought plaudits from opposition all season, and one that has turned pre-season dreams into end of season reality.