Caretaker boss sees Kings Langley win

Players celebrate with young fans. Picture: Chris Riddell
Players celebrate with young fans. Picture: Chris Riddell
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Caretaker boss Paul Hobbs saw Kings Langley turn in a committed performance to beat Dorchester Town 2-0 on Saturday.

The side shrugged off Tuesday night’s managerial departures of Paul Hughes and Ritchie Hanlon.

Jorell Johnson. Picture: Chris Riddell.

Jorell Johnson. Picture: Chris Riddell.

Gary Connolly was reinstated as skipper in a back four and Jack Pattison made his 100th appearance in defensive midfield alongside Dean Hitchcock, while Immanuelson Duku dropped back to an attacking midfield role behind Lewis Toomey.

It was a nervous start to a new era as Town’s Mario Mateus found himself face to face with Danny Boness, but the keeper stood tall to block the shot and urged on by a good sized crowd, they soon began to find their rhythm.

Dorchester still looked lively in attack and a Lewis Morgan shot was only just wide, but Kings took the lead on 18 minutes with a classic counter attacking move. Lewis Toomey pulled out to the right wing, received a forward pass and made a run at pace towards the flag, before cutting in and delivering a low cross from the side of the box that was inch perfect for Jack Waldren on the far post to beat Shane Murphy from close range.

Kings’ tails were up now and Toomey hit the bar with a ferocious shot from 18 yards, but as half time beckoned they established the buffer they so desperately needed.

Jack Waldren. Picture: Chris Riddell.

Jack Waldren. Picture: Chris Riddell.

Jack Pattison won the ball in midfield, fed Immanuelson Duku and his through ball put Lewis Toomey on path to goal. The striker’s chip over Shane Murphy was judged to perfection and Kings were 2-0 up, much to the vocal delight of the junior fans behind the goal and a large part of the ground in general.

The second half was to be a different story as Dorchester upped the pressure in a bid to get back in the game and Kings were to lose the strike threat of Toomey as he succumbed to injury. However, the back line of Emmanuel Folarin, Gary Connolly, Jorell Johnson and Connor Toomey soaked up the attacks, throwing themselves into selfless blocks when necessary, while Jack Pattison and Dean Hitchcock were outstanding in front of them.

Town’s opportunities became fewer and Kings were comfortable in running down the clock, before the final whistle gave relief to some tired limbs as the home support sounded its appreciation of a team that had almost run itself into the ground to ensure an adrenaline fuelled victory for the new manager.

Kings Langley host Enfield Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday.