Langford relegation fears grow after lame defeat

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Langford are looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation zone after a 5-1 thumping at Southall on Saturday.

Another poor performance sees them fifth from bottom in the SSML Division One and they have played more games than the teams below them.

They have to sit this weekend out and hope that other results go their way.

Saturday’s match kicked off in a heavy downpour and both teams shared the early possession, with Southall looking the more likely to produce a positive end product.

Gradually Langford’s passing game came more to the fore and they enjoyed much of the play, with David Tembua running his full back left and right on at least four occasions.

Southall hardly managed to get out of their own half. Then from a rare corner, Joel Carrington found himself with the ball, completely unmarked at the far post, his hurried shot was inches wide with the keeper well beaten.

This gave Southall impetuous, and in the 25th minute, following a counter-attack, Mustafa Munzir shot from 25 yards out through a ruck of players’ legs into the bottom corner.

Langford were restricted to counter-attacking but never looked likely to score. Then in the 43rd minute Southall’s Craig Gibson crossed to Luke Clay who headed past Jaward in the Langford goal for a killer second goal.

Southall continued the second half where they had left off with all the early pressure,

Langford were pinned back in their own half. Then in the 55th minute, completely against the run of play, Ross Scotney found David Tembua at the far post with an inch perfect cross, and Tembua slotted home into the bottom corner..

Langford rallied briefly and had a shot cleared off the line, but then Southall took control with three more goals for a Ryan Debattison hattrick in the 83rd, 85th, and 90th minutes.

Langford’s next match is away to Broadfields in SSML Division One on Saturday, April 23.

Langford: Allie Jaward, Salifu Samura, Ross Scotney, Sean Murray, Dean Walton, David McGuinness, David Tembua, Stephen Brooks, Sean McMonagle, Lee Pateman, Ryan Nicholl.

Subs: Nathan Mallett, Santos Santiagio.