Comrades and Kings share the spoils in Dacorum derby clash
Alex Campana struck late to earn a point for Kings Langley in an entertaining 1-1 draw with Dacorum rivals Berkhamsted.
Adiel Mannion put Berkhamsted in front in the first half, but Campana pounced in the 83rd minute to ensure the game finished all square.
A glorious Callum Adebiyi through-ball virtually from kick-off saw Campana come close to breaking the deadlock after 18 seconds, before Warren Plowright split the defence again, only for Adebiyi to fire high and wide.
But it was Berkhamsted who opened the scoring after 12 minutes when Charlie Hoskins’ less than impressive clearance was intercepted by Comrades striker BJ Christie.
Jack Pattison made a superb recovery tackle, but the ball fell kindly to Mannion, who netted with ease.
Hoskins atoned with two flying saves as Kings stuttered; their cause not helped by two worrying injuries – both Lee Burgoyne and Ollie Cox having to be substituted by the half hour mark.
Kings steadied the ship and came back into the game in the second half. Although the Comrades wasted a couple of good chances, Benny Fiadzomor had a golden opportunity with a header at the other end.
Berkhamsted became more anxious as they failed to find the vital second goal and, with Kings always looking dangerous on the counter attack, the equalizer came with just eight minutes of normal time remaining.
Luke Ladyman chased a long pass to the left hand corner flag and his raking cross was helped on to Campana by a Langley head.
The striker collected the ball, turned a defender and angled a low shot into the far corner of the net to restore parity.
Jamie Gavin missed a decent opportunity and Charlie Hoskins turned a James Baldry piledriver over the bar, while Danny Hutchins’ shot was off target, before the final whistle sounded on an uncompromising match with honours even.
Elsewhere, the Berkhamsted Reserves are still top of the Suburban North division after a 1-1 draw away to Hanworth Villa Reserves, with Jay Caines getting the Berko goal.