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First team report  

Tue 13th Dec 2016
Herts Senior Challenge Cup - 2nd Round
Kings Langley 3-0 TAFC First team

The last time we played at Kings Langley was almost 2 years ago to the day when we won 3-1 with a brace from Chris Vardy and a goal from a certain Stuart Stedman. Since then KL have had a run of amazing success with 3 successive promotions which has taken them to the Premier Division of the Southern League, two levels above us.

This was a big step up in standard for us and although our hosts inflicted on us our heaviest defeat of the season it was not a totally negative experience because we played well for much of the game and on another day could have had a goal or two. We did particularly well in the first half when there was little to choose between the two sides but KL showed their class during a devastating 10 minute spell in the second half to run out easy winners in the end.

Our hosts paid their respects by playing a strong team and we made three changes from Saturday's starting line up with Paddy Downes, Sam Joliffe and Jamie Warne coming into the side.

The game was much faster and much more physical than we are used to in the South Midlands but we adapted pretty well during the first 45 minutes. The first opportunity fell to the Dutch born former Chesham United player Duku who scuffed a shot wide following a corner. We were playing with some confidence and a nice move led to Jamie Warne being released down the middle but under pressure from a chasing defender he lost the ball when in sight of the goal.

Possession was equally shared but we had a let off in the 18th minute when some miss control in midfield let KL leading scorer Lewis Toomey break away but his delicate chip hit the top of the bar and went over. We bounced back with a good move and Jamie Warne's right foot goal bound shot was headed clear by home captain Jorell Johnson.

In the 26th minute we went close from a free kick when the KL Spanish keeper Xavi Comas failed to clear the ball and Chris Stapleton tried to steer his header towards the unguarded net but his effort went over the bar. A few minutes later Chris Stapleton had another clear sight of goal but decided to take an early shot which didn't stretch the keeper.

It was end to end attacking play and Duku smacked a fierce shot just wide of the far post. Kieran Turner and Chris Vardy linked up superbly with the former slipping a nice pass to the latter, but Vards failed to get a good connection behind his shot. A shot from Duku went straight at Jack Hopwood and Mayo Balogun, a former Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan youth player, produced a rising shot that flew over the bar.

But a close first half came to an end all square. HT Score 0-0.

KL started the second period in a strong positive manner with central defender Emmanuel Folarin forcing a great save out of Jack Hopwood with a powerful shot. The pressure eventually told in the 57th minute when Ryan Plowright's delicate cross/chip went over Jack Hopwood and according to spectators near by was already in the net before Boris Kipeya got a touch, but evidently KL are giving the goal to the latter. Score 1-0.

Two minutes later KL effectively put the game beyond our reach when Jack Hopwood brought down Duku. Jack saved Duku's spot kick but we were slow to follow up and Duku managed to squeeze the ball home from the tightest of angles. Score 2-0.

A third and final goal arrived in the 67th minute when Duku's whipped in cross got a faint touch from Plowright which was enough to deceive Jack Hopwood. Score 3-0.

With the game well beyond us we could have collapsed completely, but full credit to the players who kept going with Chris Vardy and Kieran Turner going close but there was to be no consolation goal. FT Score 3-0.

We wish KL all the best in the next round when they will visit Ware who thumped Berkhamsted 6-2. Despite the defeat this was a decent performance against a very good side and we must now turn our attention back to league action with a trip to Biggleswade United on Saturday.


KL: 1 Xavi Comas 2 Jack Pattison (12 Jamie Calvin 64) 3 Mayo Balogun 4 Jorell Johnson (Capt) (15 Jonny Munday 79) 5 Emmanuel Folarin 6 Ollie Cox 7 Boris Kipeya 8 Ryan Plowright 9 Lewis Toomey (14 Joe Gallagher 58) 10 Mason Bush 11 Immanuelson Duku. Subs not used: 13 Daniel Green 16 Dean Hitchcock.

TA: 1 Jack Hopwood 2 Tommy Twelves 3 Chris Mason (15 Stuart Stedman 85) 4 Paddy Downes (12 George Carbery 66) 5 Dan Steadman (Capt) 6 Dave O'Connor 7 Jamie Warne (14 Ollie Butler 77) 8 Sam Joliffe (Capt) 9 Chris Vardy 10 Kieran Turner 11 Chris Stapleton.


KL: Boris Kipeya (57) Immanuelson Duku (59) Ryan Plowright (67)

TA: -

Crowd: 60


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