Kings Langley are through to the semi-finals of the Division One Cup after defeating Baldock Town

Kings through to Division One Cup last four

Kings through to Division One Cup last four

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Kings Langley are through to the Division One Cup semi-finals after they recorded a 2-1 extra-time victory at Baldock Town on Tuesday night.

Kings made several changes to their side and they struggled in the opening stages of the encounter.

Langley goalkeeper Steve Bourke had made two good stops but was beaten in the 27th minute when striker Lee Harman slotted home. The visitors made a tactical switch and it paid off as they levelled just before the break. Tom Carter fired towards goal from distance and his effort deflected over Nicky Stillwell and into the net.

Kings had good chances in the second period. Nathan Aulsbury struck the post and Jack Johnson had a shot cleared off the line.

The game was level after 90 minutes and the contest went to extra-time. Kings went ahead in the 99th minute after a corner was taken by Alex Campana and the ball eventually fell to Matt Bateman, whose shot found the net.

Campana hit the bar soon after and Kings were able to see out the game and book their place in the last four.

On Saturday, Kings were beaten 2-1 in Division One by Crawley Green.

Nick Jackson put Langley in front but Green equalised when Callum Adebiyi headed into his own net.

Langley were reduced to nine men in the second period after Danny Hutchins and Lee Burgoyne both received red cards. A penalty from Lewis Toomey secured the win for Crawley.

Kings were in Challenge Cup action on Thursday of last week and advanced into the quarter-finals after a goal from Campana secured a 1-0 win against Broxbourne Borough.

Sun Postal Sports remain top of Division One but they were held to a 0-0 draw against Bedford on Tuesday night.

Sun were ruthless on Saturday as a brace from James Armstrong and a goal from Craig Lynskey helped them record a 3-0 win against Codicote.

Berkhamsted moved back into third in the Premier Division after securing a 1-1 draw with Hadley on Wednesday night.

Tom Massey volleyed over at the back post for the home side while Ed Canham and Connor Calcutt went close for Berko.

The home side took the lead through Massey on the half-an-hour mark. He fired home after Hadley had broken down the left flank.

Jamie Gavin nearly levelled but his shot from the back post cleared the bar. Calcutt then beat home goalkeeper Tom Le Tissier to the ball in an aerial challenge but was forced out wide and the chance went begging.

Berko pressed hard for the equaliser in the second half. The home goal survived an almighty scramble and Calcutt fired over the bar. A Jordon Frederick shot was then cleared for a corner.

Full-back Chris Cutler was brought on and that allowed Dan Griggs to move forward. It proved the right decision as, with four minutes remaining, Griggs pounced on a Massey error to earn his side a share of the points.

There was disappointment for Berko on Saturday as they were beaten 3-0 by Hillingdon Borough.

Kieron Gradwell scored in either half and the win was completed after a goal from Jack Sharples.

Last Thursday, Berkhamsted advanced into the semi-final of the Challenge Cup after defeating London Colney 3-1 in extra-time.

Calcutt put Berko ahead in the first half but five minutes after the restart, Matt Newman equalised.

The two sides couldn’t be separated in normal time but in the additional 30 minutes, James Shaw and Adiel Mannion both found the net to seal Berkhamsted’s passage.

Tring Athletic suffered back-to-back 3-1 defeats in the Premier Division.

On Saturday they were beaten by Ampthill Town and that defeat followed on from a loss against Hanwell Town last Thursday.

Oxhey Jets have not been in action in the past week but their Reserves lost 1-0 to Enfield Town Under-21s in the Herts Intermediate Cup final on Wednesday night.

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