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Walton Casuals
Kings Langley
Mon 22 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division South Full time

ALMOST OUT OF REACH!

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A first half goal for Walton puts the play-offs almost off the cards for Langley

Kings Langley acknowledged that their play-off bid is effectively over as they went down to
a 1-0 defeat at relegation haunted Walton Casuals on a sunny Easter Monday by the
Thames. With Poole going a point ahead after a draw with League leaders Weymouth,
Kings had to win this match as Poole’s last game is at Staines Town, whose miserable
season of 36 defeats in 40 games continued with a 9-1 thrashing at Harrow. While Kings
have a mathematical chance, it would take a miracle of the proportions of the origins of
Easter itself to see Poole fail to win, while Kings would still have to beat Frome Town on
Saturday.
A good-sized crowd, with equally divided vocal support, had gathered for what was
effectively a cup final for both sides, but after Rene Howe had glanced the post with a
header, it became apparent that the fear of relegation was producing more adrenaline than
the prize of promotion, as Casuals were anything but, contesting every ball as if their lives
depended on it and harrying Kings into giving the ball away and forcing them into living
dangerously. Kings roused themselves when an astute Gary Connolly pass saw
Andronicos Georgiou fire in an acute shot that Denzel Gerrar managed to tip round the
post, but when Cole Brown and James Ewington combined to test Alex Tokarczyk, it was to
be the pre-cursor for another intricate combination that set Ewington one-on-one with the
keeper and the prolific marksman made no mistake. Kings replied immediately, with a
Callum Adebiyi header hooked off the line by Brown, but the early part of the second half
had Taureen Roberts running riot down the left, albeit with little end result. There was a
move of quality between Connor Smith and Mitchell Weiss that ended in a corner, but
straight away Ewington was guilty of the miss of the match when he blazed Roberts cross
over the bar from six yards. When Jerome Beckles held the ball behind his back to prevent
the restart, he was dismissed for a second yellow eight minutes from the end, but apart
from a looping Georgiou deflected shot surprising everyone by hitting the bar, it failed to
galvanise a below par Kings, while the Stags thoroughly deserved to take their fight to the
final day. RM

Team selection

Tokarczyk, Alex Tokarczyk, Alex
Connolly, Gary Connolly, Gary
O'Keefe, Charley O'Keefe, Charley
Cook, Jacob Cook, Jacob
Johnson, Jorell Johnson, Jorell
Adebiyi, Callum Adebiyi, Callum
Putman, Lewis Putman, Lewis
Smith, Connor Smith, Connor
Howe, Rene Howe, Rene
Weiss, Mitchell Weiss, Mitchell
Georgiou, Andronicos Georgiou, Andronicos

League round up

Other Premier Division South results

Beaconsfield Town
0
1
Chesham United
2
2
Hendon
Dorchester Town
6
0
Farnborough
2
1
Basingstoke Town
Frome Town
0
0
Salisbury
1
0
Wimborne Town
9
1
Staines Town
Poole Town
1
1
Weymouth
Swindon Supermarine
1
1
Hartley Wintney
Taunton Town
3
2
Merthyr Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Weymouth 42 86
2. Taunton Town 42 85
3. Metropolitan Police 42 78
4. Salisbury 42 77
5. Poole Town 42 70
6. Kings Langley 42 69
7. Harrow Borough 42 63

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