Langford triumph in seven goal thriller

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Langford began the new season in style with a 4-3 win at home to SSML Division One newcomers Brimsdown Rovers on Saturday.

From the off Langford showed their intent when after two minutes Nathan Mallett raced down the right wing and produced a great cross which was met by Ross Scotney who shot over the bar.

In an end to end spell, following a right wing cross the ball fell at the feet of Reece Okugbeni who failed to tap in, allowing Aaron Bodger in the Langford goal to collect.

As the game settled down Langford played the more composed and fluent football, causing Brimsdown to give away free kick after free kick.

On 27 minutes the deadlock was broken following further good midfield play by Langford. Gareth Hunt put Nathan Mallet clear through on goal. Mallet took the chance coolly to put Langford in front 1-0.

Further Langford pressure followed, with Sean Murray winning the ball in the middle of the park, passing to Ross Scotney. Murray made a run that took a defender away, leaving space for Scotney to run into, scoring with a shot from 20 yards out 2-0.Langford continued to press and finished the half strongly.

The second half continued to see Langford pressing with Gareth Hunt being bought down in the penalty area. Hunt stepped up to take the kick himself. His weak shot was saved low down at a post by Woodley in the Brimsdown goal. This was followed by Sean Murray shooting over the bar following an eight pass move.

Somewhat against play in the 65th minute a long clearance put Olakunle Akinwande through, his shot beating Bodger to make it 2-1.

In response Langford bought on Connor Waite. His movement causing the Brimsdown defence problems, after 75 minutes Gareth Hunt chested the ball into the path of Waite who volleyed home from 35 yards out 3-1. Two minutes later, again it was Hunt who gathered the ball and passed to Waite who scored Langford’s forth passed the stranded Brimsdown keeper 4-1.

Brimsdown fought hard, after 83 minutes a cross from the right was poorly defended, allowing Olakunle Akinwande to score his second with a shot from 15 yards out, through a crowded penalty box. Brimsdown pressed higher up the pitch, and were rewarded in the 89th minute when Olakunle Akinwande completed his hattrick with a shot on the turn 4-3.

The Reds played out the last minutes to take a deserved three points.

Langford now host Arlesey Town Reserves on Tuesday, August 11.