Baldock win battle of promotion hopefuls with 3-1 success at Langford

PUBLISHED: 20:30 18 March 2017 | UPDATED: 20:30 18 March 2017

Baldock Town player manager Luke Gregson

Baldock Town player manager Luke Gregson

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Baldock Town strengthened their position in second place in SSML Division One with a 3-1 win at promotion rivals Langford.

All four goals came in the first half, and with third-place Harpenden only drawing against Buckingham Athletic the win moves Baldock three points clear in second while Langford are now four points adrift of the top two.

What’s more, with league leaders Biggleswade suffering a surprise 1-0 defeat at Bedford, Baldock are now six points off the top with two games in hand.

Baldock took control from the start against Langford and were quicker to settle.

An early indication of things to come was a goalmouth scramble where Langford somehow managed to keep the ball out of their net. Then after 10 minutes a long clearance found Lee Harman racing through and he chipped the Langford keeper to make it 1-0.

Six minutes later their lead was doubled when Stuart Pearson headed home unmarked from six yards following a corner.

Langford rallied and managed their first attempt at goal with a Connor Waite long shot, which was saved.

Then Langford forced a corner, which Waite fired into the area. The ball was only half cleared and Deon Putnam volleyed fiercely home from 15 yards to reduce the arrears.

Baldock, though, had most of the possession and pressed well, and this paid off when Harman raced in to score with a close range diving header to restore his side’s two-goal margin.

Langford shuffled their side and played 3-4-3, which evened up the midfield strengths and gave them an attacking option, but it also led to the game becoming bogged down in midfield.

Baldock continued to make chances but failed to finish them while Langford had more possession as the game went on but never looked like scoring.

Langford’s next match is at home to Thame Rangers in SSMFL Challenge Trophy semi-final on Tuesday with a 7:45pm kick off, followed by an away match at Buckingham Athletic in SSMFL Division One on Saturday.

Baldock Town are back in league action on Tuesday with a trip to Hatfield. On Saturday they host Broadfields.

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