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KINGS LANGLEY FC   Tuesday 2nd September 2014   NORTHWOOD FC

FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay

  Kings Langley 1  Northwood 3  

Weiss 67

Asamoah 83, Hastings 104,
L Ladyman (og) 120

Team line-up  

  Team line-up
1 Anthony Ladyman     1 Berkley Laurencin
2 Danny Hutchins (66m)     2 Alex Nolan
3 Tom Carter     3 Andy Lomas
4 Sam Izzard     4 Nick Turner
5 Stuart Deaton (46m)     5 Perry Dicker
6 Callum Adebeyi     6 Jordan Lawal
7 Ollie Cox     7 Joakim Ehui
8 Lee Burgoyne (90m)     8 George Nicholas
9 Mitchell Weiss     9 Michael Murray (66m)
10 Alex Campana     10 Dave Lawrence (77m)
11 Nick Johnson     11 Sam Byfield (84m)
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Luke Ladyman (46m)     12 Karim Aissaoui
13 Charlie Hoskins     14 Mason Yorke
14 Jack Johnson     15 Tommy Walsh
15 Sam Warrell     16 Nana Asamoah (77m)
16 Terrell Miller (66m)     17 Rob Hastings (66m)
17 Adam Hallisey     18 Omar Vassell (84m)
18 Billy Stevens (90m)     19 Mark Burgess
      Referee: Andreas Anastasiou      
  REPORT by Alan Evans  




After grabbing a late draw at Northwood Park on Saturday, Spartan South Midlands side Kings Langley will consider themselves unfortunate not to have completed the job on their home patch on Tuesday night. Mark Burgess rested himself due to injury, which saw Phil Dicker drafted into central defence to make his first appearance for the club in a fairly unfamiliar position. Fellow youngster Alex Nolan also came in at right-back for the more experienced James Duncan and with skipper Steve Brown still ruled out with injury it was very much a back four that hadn’t played together before.

Kings had rarely tasted defeat at their Gaywood Park home over the past year and they started this replay well with Dicker being caught in possession in the very first minute but Nick Jackson’s deflected strike was kept out by Berkley Laurencin. Three minutes later, Alex Campana got past Nolan to drive a ball across goal and Laurencin pushed the ball clear to ensure that no early goal was conceded.

Northwood were slow out of their blocks and only threatened once during the early stages after they forced a corner. Michael Murray knocked a clever ball to Dave Lawrence and the Woods striker did steer the ball goalwards only for defender Tom Carter to clear off the line.

Laurencin had to keep out a good flicked header from Mitchell Weiss soon after but there was little action for the good-sized crowd to enjoy for the next twenty minutes or so with only Nolan’s long-distance strike of note for the Woods.

After 40 minutes a great ball wide from Dicker saw Sam Byfield cut in at pace. He lost the ball but then won it back and went for goal but the ball flashed into the side-netting. At the other end some poor defensive work almost gave Kings Langley a chance but Andy Lomas made a fine block to keep it out.

The game didn’t ignite much in the early stages of the second half either. Laurencin was alert enough to keep out efforts from Lee Burgoyne and Weiss either side of Lawrence blasting an effort well over. After 65 minutes Rob Hastings replaced the tiring Murray to add a little pace into the Woods attack and almost immediately a flashpoint led to a bit of a melee and a series of bookings. The opening goal also followed soon after this, as Campana looked for room as he worked his way across the park. His eventual shot was blocked but the ball rebounded to him and played a neat pass to Weiss who poke home a shot to put Kings ahead.

Byfield should have equalised almost immediately as he was played in on goal down the right. As Anthony Ladyman came out of his goal he chipped the ball towards goal but it landed on top of the net. Nana Asamoah, who had missed Saturday’s game for a wedding, replaced Lawrence after 77 minutes and the Woods continued to push for an equaliser. Joakim Ehui knocked in a fine cross which Hastings headed for goal but Ladyman, who had kept his side in the game at the weekend, made another fine save to push the ball over the top.

But thankfully for Northwood, the goalkeeper’s form took a brief downward turn on 83 minutes when Asamoah made an attacking run and shot from the edge of the box which bounced in front of him and seemed to go straight through him on the way to the goal that levelled the scores. More fresh legs saw Omar Vassell come on to replace Byfield and the Woods had two good chances to win the game in stoppage-time. Hastings raced onto a through-ball and Ladyman showed his ability again to make a great save. Then Vassell put in a fine cross which Hastings was close to heading home and Nick Turner was just unable to force home at the far post.

So, extra time it was, and Hastings was again inches away from turning in a George Nicholas cross before the home side rallied with Laurencin pulling off two saves in quick succession from Kings main threat Campana. But just before the half-time break another good through-ball released Hastings, and he struck a firm shot past Ladyman that hit the inside of the post and in for his first Northwood goal.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of the home side and the final fifteen minutes saw the Woods enjoy the better of the possession. Ehui struck one shot just over and then a Nicholas run and cross gave Ehui a good opportunity but the ball rather unluckily bounced up and hit his arm in front of goal. Time was ticking away when Hastings sped down the right and centred but it should have come to nothing as nearest attacker Asamoah was a good ten yards away when substitute Luke Ladyman turned the cross into his own net.