Monday 17th April 2017
Southern Premier League
Hayes and Yeading United 0-2 Kings Langley
Kings Langley: Plowright (45+3), Amoo (51)
This was a must win game for both clubs as they occupied the two last relegation spots and were both two points behind Cambridge City. There wasn’t an abundance of quality in this game, but Kings Langley managed to get two vital goals to take a massive step towards safety.
It was a cagey start to the game and both sets of players seemed almost scared to make a mistake. Any early strikes were limited to long range shots, with Tom Broadbent and Lee Stobbs having the most menacing efforts for their respective sides.
Despite the lack of clear cut chances, both sides were putting in plenty of effort. Anthony Edgar was booked for a late challenge on Mayo Balogun and Jorell Johnson also picked up a booking in the first half.
The first notable chance of the game came in the third minute of added time at the end of the first half. It came from a long ball sent in from a free kick by the halfway line, Hayes and Yeading goalkeeper Danny Boness jumped up to the collect the ball, but dropped it under pressure from Jerry Amoo. Once the ball had dropped, Ryan Plowright was on hand to tap in from inside the six yard box to put his side in the lead.
The whistle blew for half time shortly after and the sides went in with Kings Langley 1-0 up in this vital match.
Hayes and Yeading United came out looking determined to get back into the game and almost scored just one minute after the restart. After Balogan had been booked for dragging down Edgar near the edge of his own box, David Hutton sent the resulting free kick towards the back post. Broadbent got his head to the ball but couldn’t prevent his effort from going just over the bar.
However, it didn’t take Kings Langley long to reassert their dominance. In the 51st minute a ball was sent up to be contested by Lewis Toomey and the Hayes defence. The Kings Langley striker won the ball, flicking it behind to Amoo. Edgar tried to recover, but the Kings Langley winger shrugged him off and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner to double the away side’s lead.
There weren’t many chances after this, as Hayes and Yeading ran out of ideas and Kings Langley seemed content to take their 2-0 lead. The home side did get one clear cut chance in the 83rd minute though when Josh Chamberlain’s cross wasn’t dealt with. The ball fell to the feet Sahr Kabba in the six yard box, presenting him with a clear chance, but he put the ball wide.
The game petered out harmlessly after that incident, pretty much damning Hayes and Yeading to relegation from the Southern League, which will be the second time in a row they’ve dropped down a league. Cambridge City drew 0-0 with Kettering, meaning that Kings Langley are out of the relegation zone on goal difference with one more game left of the season.
Hayes and Yeading United (4-3-3)
Boness; Stevenson (Wittingham 52), Broadbent, Adebiyi, Chamberlain; Donnellan, Jones, Hutton (Locke 78); Edgar (Majeed 60), Kabba, Weiss
Kings Langley (4-5-1)
Comas; Pattison, Johnson, Tring, Balogun; Ward (Turner 65), Stobbs, Hitchcock, Plowright (Coldicott-Stevens 73), Amoo; Toomey
MAN OF THE MATCH
He was the man that made the difference when it mattered. Amoo was the one who put pressure on the keeper for the first goal and scored the second. Goals aside, he gave Karl Stevenson the run around right until he came off. His direct running caused Hayes plenty of problems and he showed quality that was often lacking from the opposition’s attackers.