Langford lose relegation six pointer at the death

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Langford turned in a lame performance to lose a relegation six-pointer 2-1 at home to Hatfield Town on Saturday.

It means they go into their final game on Thursday night (May 5) third from bottom of the SSML Division One.

Both teams started nervously on Saturday and the ball travelled from end to end without any real control or scoring chances being created.

Langford did have one five man move which finished with Craig Nield shooting high over the bar and Callum Riley, Hatfield’s best player on the day, cut in and shot over.

With neither team able to keep possession, a midfield scrap ensued. Then in the 34th minute, David Tembua cut inside and was clearly tripped in the area. Up stepped Sean Murray to score from the penalty spot and put Langford ahead.

Hatfield woke up and created some pressure, but never looked like scoring.

The second half began with both teams looking edgy and the football was poor with neither team able to threaten.

Then Langford stepped up and starting finding their own men with passes leading to two shots being cleared off the Hatfield goal-line.

But in a breakaway in the 70th minute Hatfield’s Tony Kirkham was bought down on the edge of the area, andd Callum Riley scored the resulting penalty

Langford looked like a team devoid of ideas, and it was no surprise when, in injury time, a long clearance found Callum Riley in the clear. He headed the bouncing ball over the advancing keeper for the winner.

Langford’s final match is away at Codicote on Thursday at 7.45pm.

Langford: Allie Jaward, Dean Walton, Ross Scotney, Luke Nicholl ©, Ben Stocker, Craig Nield, David Tembua, Stephen Brooks, Sean McMonagle, Sean Murray, Ryan Nicholl

Subs: Lee Pateman, Paul Donald, Salifu Samura