Lee’s late winner hauls Arlesey off the bottom

Louis Lee bagged a late winner for Arlesey against Kings Langley. Picture (c) Chris Riddell PNL-150921-103200002
Louis Lee bagged a late winner for Arlesey against Kings Langley. Picture (c) Chris Riddell PNL-150921-103200002

Arlesey Town deservedly bagged their first league win on Saturday - a result that hauled them off the bottom of the Southern League Division One Central table.

A late strike at Kings Langley earned them a 2-1 victory and was fitting reward as they refused to settle for a point.

Kings never really recovered from Town’s quick-fire start that saw a left wing cross to the unmarked Christian Tavernier lashed home from wide right with a mere 16 seconds on the clock.

Arlesey defended their lead with a vigour. Callum Adebiyi was called on to make a saving tackle on Jack Vasey in the only other clear chance of the half.

The home side raised their game in the second period, but were guilty of giving the ball away and neither keeper was tested.

When Weiss was pitched into the fray with 15 minutes to go, it had a hint of desperation about it, but the gamble initially seemed to have got Kings out of jail.

With the Arlesey goal finally under concentrated pressure, the striker turned on a sixpence and fired a characteristic goalbound shot that was blocked and Gary Connolly steered in the rebound from close range.

But the Blues were not to be denied their first win, suddenly mounting attacks and Ant Ladyman pulled off two superb saves.

However, the second was finger-tipped onto a post and fell to Louis Lee, who was presented with the simplest of chances from two yards out to win the game for Arlesey.

The result sees them go above North Greenford United. The Blues will look to build on this with a league trip to Godalming Town on Saturday.