Langley trip for Blues

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Blues will be looking for their first double since joining the Evo-Stik South League when they travel to Kings Langley on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

W1Goals from Darren Foxley and Jason Williams helped Kevin Watkins’ side to a 2-0 win when the sides met at the ProKit UK Stadium in September to give them their first three point haul of the season.

That was the Kings first visit to Stortford since we knocked them out of the Herts Senior Cup at Rhodes Avenue in 1964

After a good start to the campaign, this season has also been a struggle for The Kings and Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Weymouth saw stuck in 21st position with 11 points from 16 games. A crowd of 661 saw them share six goals with Hereford on the opening day of the season, before winning 4-1 at strugglers Dunstable and drawing at St Ives, But their only win since that defeat at the ProKit UK Stadium was a 1-0 victory against Dunstable and they handed Gosport Borough their only points of the season with a 1-1 draw at Gaywood Park. They went out of the FA Trophy with a 3-1 loss at Hendon and, in common with Blues, they went out of the Cup with a defeat against Hitchin Town.

Arguably the smallest club in the division, a 1-0 home win against Cirencester Town on the final day of last season consigned the visitors to relegation and ensured The Kings survived their debut season at step 3.  After three straight promotions had seen them move from South Midlands League Division One it was always going to be a big ask to stay up, and their chances weren’t helped when their budget was halved in November. While their average crowd almost doubled, helped by 645 turning up for that game against Cirencester, their average of 165 was the third lowest in the division.

Author: Dave Ryan