Match Preview – Ives v Kings Langley

If you pay attention to early season league tables, then it’s fifth v second at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road on Saturday as St Ives host Kings Langley.

It’s the visitors who are currently second after securing two wins and a draw from their opening three games.  Their latest encounter came with a victory over Bedford on Monday night.  Prior to that, a win against Redditch and an opening day point against Mickleover ensure that the Hertfordshire outfit arrive currently unbeaten in the league.

The Ives have made an encouraging start to their league campaign.  Two wins over Bromsgrove and Stratford and a defeat at Needham Market currently see the hosts on six points.  Nabil Shariff has been in the goals already this season having found the net on four occasions already, with three of those against Stratford last weekend.  Shariff looks set to be in the squad on Saturday as the Ives bid to inflict the first defeat on Kings Langley this season.

Last season was a difficult one for Kings Langley as they escaped relegation on the final day of the season after they won 2-0 at Salisbury.  That match was in the Premier Division South and during the summer they were moved laterally to the Premier Division Central.  Last time the two teams met was in the aborted season of 2020/21 and they had to settle for a point a piece following a 2-2 draw.

Kick-off at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road is at 3:00pm.

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