Unbeaten run comes to an end as ten-man Kings crash to Sports defeat

Kings Langley’s unbeaten SSML Premier Division run came to a crashing halt on Saturday as they were beaten 3-0 at home by local rivals Sun Sports.

Monday, 8th September 2014, 9:49 am

The writing was on the wall after just three minutes when an attempted Jack Pattison header off the line struck his upper arm and Kings were handed the double whammy of a dismissal and a penalty, converted by Ashley Lewis.

Such a start seemed to suck the life out the game for a while and there was little of note until the half hour mark, when Simeon Fearon slipped the defence but shot wide.

Mitchell Weiss replied for Kings with a 25-yard shot tipped over by Ross Hampton, and Benny Fiadzomor’s header was deflected onto the bar.

However, minutes later, Nathan Pooley’s spectacular volley from a cross confirmed the seemingly inevitable and Sun went in with a two-goal lead at the interval.

Alex Campana had finished the half with a shot turned round the post by Hampton, but a drab second period flickered to life when Ant Ladyman responded with a similar save from the lively Richard Peace.

Weiss had a shot held by Hampton, but Kings’ efforts were few and far between and it was left to Fearon to conclude the scoring when he outwitted a ponderous back three to fire home the third off the keeper’s legs.

Langley analysis reflected on the difference a week makes in football, the physical demands of a midweek extra-time loss and the psychological effect of a double setback so early in a match as the home faithful went home with little to smile about.