Langford and Baldock Town close in on top two
PUBLISHED: 09:25 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 27 February 2017
Danny Loo Photography 2017
Langford beat Brimsdown 2-1 on Saturday to move to within three points of second-place Harpenden Town in SSML Division One.
Baldock Town v Southall
Alex Coppin holds off a marker.
Charlie Payne takes on his opposite number.
Charlie Payne goes down to win an attacking free kick.
Anthony James delivers a free kick into the box.
Stuart Pearson (4) heads against the bar from a free kick leading to the opening goal.
Stuart Pearson's header hits the bar leading to the opening goal.
Baldock celebrate the opening goal.
Baldock celebrate the opening goal.
Russell Bull chases down a long ball.
Russell Bull looks to cut inside the defender.
Harry Holland puts in a cross.
Anthony James heads straight at the defender when unmarked at the far post.
Anthony James volleys at goal from a tight angle.
Alex Coppin gives away a penalty.
Jack Farmer is sent the wrong way from the spot.
With Harpenden having a rest day Langford had the chance to close in on them and they took full advantage.
On Brimsdown’s 3G pitch, the hosts put some early pressure on Langford but couldn’t find a way through.
Tom Simmons went close with a header for Brimsdown before, in the 29th minute, Langford were awarded a penalty.
Top scorer Pat Daly ran the channel into the Brimsdown area and was chopped down. Up stepped Michael Moss to convert from the spot and give his side the lead.
The second period started at a frantic pace with the game moving from end to end, but Langford played the better football.
Their possession forced Brimsdown to defend deeper, and when Langford’s Dylan Gittens picked up the ball wide left and just in his own half he set off on a run. On his way he beat four defenders before squaring the ball to Daly who converted from close range.
Langford piled on the pressure and George Higley, on for Daly, missed two good chances before, in the fifth minute of added time, Brimsdown scored to make it 2-1 with Mustafa El-Azouzi planting a free-kick firmly in the top corner.
Biggleswade are top of the league on 71 points after 29 games while Harpenden are second with 66 points from 28 games.
Langford are now third with 63 points from 30 games, but close behind are Baldock Town.
They have played just 25 games but have 62 points, their latest win coming on Saturday when they beat free-scoring Southall 3-1.
Baldock lost Jack Gregson to injury in the warm up but top scorer Anthony James returned after missing Tuesday’s win against Hillingon and he scored one of the goals of the season from all of 40 yards.
Freddie Morris opened the scoring for Baldock before Southall hit back from the penalty spot.
Then James, on 64 minutes, scored a peach of a goal when, just inside the Southall half, he took a touch before turning and hitting an audacious shot from 40 yards over the scampering Southall keeper and into the goal.
Owen Robertson then fired home goal number three six minutes later as Baldock claimed the three points.
Codicote also won at the weekend in their home match with Bedford. Jordan Leech-Levy and Leeroy Williams were both on target in the win. The result leaves Codicote 13th in the SSML Division One table.
Arlesey Town Reserves, bottom of the league, lost 2-0 at Chesham United Reserves.
Baldock are back in action on Tuesday evening where a win over Winslow United would see them move up to third in the table. They then host Hatfield Town on Saturday while, on the same day, Langford are at home to Risborough Rangers.
Arlesey Town Reserves are away to Brimsdown on Tuesday while Codicote host Hadley Wood & Wingate on Saturday.