Town move into top six after clean sweep

Harpenden completed the league double over Langford on Saturday at Rothamsted Park to move into the top six.

The teams met just three weeks ago when Simon Andrews’ side won 4-2, and there was to be no quick revenge for Langford thanks to two late goals from Harry Hunt and Ben Dawes.

The first 15 minutes saw Langford playing some neat tidy football although the hosts looked dangerous with some quick breaks, and it was from one such break that Harpenden took the lead.

A quick flick-on caught the Langford defence asleep and James Ewington raced through to score with ease.

As the half wore on it was the home side that looked more dangerous with both Craig Mortimer and Ben Warren just wide with good efforts.

Harpenden came out with all guns blazing at the start of the second half, but Langford defended well and levelled on 55 minutes with a quick break. Luke Strahan received the ball inside the area, wriggled clear of the defence and fired a fierce shot past the home keeper.

Play then moved from end to end and only a fine saves from both goalkeepers kept the score level as Ewington went close for Harpenden and James Smith and Carl Albon almost netted for Langford.

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But as the match entered the final few minutes Harpenden looked a lot stronger and a tired sloppy mistake in the Langford defence allowed the ball to be played through and the always dangerous Hunt made no mistake, lobbing the ball over the advancing Harpur.

This blow to Langford came after 84 minutes and on the stroke of full time Dawes raced through some lethargic legs to shoot low into the bottom corner to give Harpenden a two-goal cushion and their second consecutive win.