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Taunton Town
Kings Langley
 (31', 38')
Full time
S Ward (62')
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division South Attendance 564

PEACOCKS DENT KINGS PLAY OFF HOPES

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A second half strike from Stevie Ward isn't enough to salvage anything against a strong Taunton side.

Kings were left lamenting “What might have been”? As a spirited second half fightback failed to glean them a share of
the spoils at high flying Taunton. Kings started brightly enough and a slick early interchange between Mitchell Weiss
and Stevie Ward saw the Kings wide man round home custodian Lloyd Irish only to be denied by the offside flag. The
hosts were quick to respond with their own attacking intent and Kings custodian Alex Tokarczyk was at full stretch to
brilliantly tip over a point black header from Taunton captain Matt Wright. This was a portent of things to come as the
home side’s accurate execution of dead ball situations was a constant menace. Generally, though, Kings coped well in
defence with centre backs Johnson and Adebiyi conspicuous in their defiance of the aerial assault and Kings were still
on occasion stretching the Peacock’s defence with Rohdell Gordon and Ward both making penetrating runs on either
flank. The match continued apace with both teams looking to seize the initiative, but as is so often the case in tight
contests, Lady Luck can be a determining factor and her winsome hand was to intervene cruelly to Kings detriment in
the 31st minute. Kings industrious midfielder, Jacob Cook challenged the equally assiduous Dan Sullivan only for the ball
to ricochet obligingly into the path of prolific Peacock’s striker ‘Rocky’ Neal who was onto the loose ball in a flash to
drive it low into the corner. The goal rocked Kings and worse was to follow as just seven minutes later ‘Rocky’ was again
to the fore when he latched onto a misplaced clearance and hit a great strike that beat the back peddling Tokarczyk
from distance and completed a one, two combination that would have done his Hollywood namesake proud.
Kings were down but not out and could well have reduced the arrears before the interval when an incisive run into the
box by Steve Ward was brought to an abrupt halt by the challenge of Lewis Hall that left the forward sprawling. Many
commentators would have considered the intervention warranted a routine penalty award. Alas! Referee, Mr Martin did
not concur and, in fact, duly cautioned the King’s wingman for simulation. Curiously, Hall was also cautioned in the
same incident, presumably for his vocal endorsement of the sanction inflicted on Ward. That significant incident was the
final action of the half and and it was clear Manager, Steve Conroy had his work cut out during the interval if Kings were
to salvage anything.
Kings certainly started the second period positively with both Weiss and Gordon stinging the palms of Irish with snap
shots but the home defence was proving very resilient in the face of increased Kings pressure. That was until the 61 st
minute when Hitchcock’s perceptive forward pass was nodded down by Weiss to Ward who executed the most exquisite
of lobs over Irish to reduce the arrears. Just a minute later only the resilience of the defensive wall prevented a Connor
Smith piledriver of a free kick restoring immediate parity as Kings looked to increase the potency of their attacks. The
home side, however, were not without their own near misses and only a great reflex save by Tokarczyk from a Shane
White header prevented restoration of their two goal cushion. Back came Kings with Rene Howe twice going close in
rapid succession only to be denied by Irish with fingertip saves. In a last throw of the dice Kings introduced 17 year old
Edu Toiny-Pendred up front and the youngster almost made a dramatic impact as he swooped on a spilled save by Irish
only for the home custodian to recover brilliantly to avert the danger. The home side saw out the remaining minutes
without further alarm leaving Kings to ponder a missed opportunity and their ‘play off’ ambitions on a knife edge

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Key moments

31:00
Goal Goal for Taunton Town
38:00
Goal Goal for Taunton Town
62:00
Goal Steve Ward scores for Kings Langley

Highlights

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62:00 Goal 2 - 1
Steve Ward scores for Kings Langley
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Taunton Town
31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Taunton Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Taunton Town
  • Kings Langley
  • 0
  • Goal 31:00'
  • Goal 38:00'
  • Steve Ward Goal 62:00'

Team selection

Tokarczyk, Alex Tokarczyk, Alex
Hitchcock, Dean Hitchcock, Dean
O'Keefe, Charley O'Keefe, Charley
Cook, Jacob Cook, Jacob
Johnson, Jorell Johnson, Jorell
Adebiyi, Callum Adebiyi, Callum
Gordon, Rohdell Gordon, Rohdell
Smith, Connor Smith, Connor
Howe, Rene Howe, Rene
Weiss, Mitchell Weiss, Mitchell
Ward, Steve Ward, Steve
Kings Langley

League round up

Other Premier Division South results

Beaconsfield Town
1
0
Weymouth
Chesham United
7
0
Staines Town
Dorchester Town
1
4
Salisbury
Farnborough
3
0
Hendon
Frome Town
0
1
Hartley Wintney
0
3
Merthyr Town
0
2
Wimborne Town
Poole Town
3
2
Basingstoke Town
Swindon Supermarine
1
0
Walton Casuals
1
2

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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