Kings Langley battle back to knock Bedford out of the FA Cup

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An amazing show of resilience by Kings Langley saw them clear the first hurdle of the FA Cup after fighting back from 2-0 down at Bedford in their extra preliminary round clash.

Ashley Kersey had taken advantage of a defensive tangle to give Bedford a 12th minute lead and, although Kings edged the chances in a dour first half, they were given no time on the ball by their opponents.

Alex Campana, Kings Langley FC

Alex Campana, Kings Langley FC

Bedford could have extended their lead when Hilsden shot wide when through on goal, and the first half ended 1-0 to the hosts.

There was little initial improvement in the second half for Kings and, when Luigi Rocco hit a perfect right wing shot on the run past Charlie Hoskins – an U18 debutante who acquitted himself well – the tie looked over.

But injury to Connor Toomey had seen the interval introduction of Mitchell Weiss in a three-man attack that gradually began to trouble Bedford.

The turning point came when Callum Adebiyi’s surging left wing run and cross was back-heeled by Weiss into the path of Alex Campana, and the striker’s shot rocketed through a populated box into the net.

Four minutes later, a mesmerising series of one-touch passes across the width of the penalty area by Benny Fiadzomor, Weiss and Nick Jackson delivered the ball to Tom Carter, whose angled shot beat Aaron Bodger.

Kings now did not just believe they would get the winner, they expected it, and Weiss had a trio of attempts saved, blocked and just wide.

However, the game was in its last minute before Danny Hutchins’ run left defenders in his wake, prior to squaring for Nick Jackson to complete the turnaround with a precision shot drilled past a despairing defence.

Next up for the triumphant Kings side is a trip to Harefield United for an SSML Premier Division clash.