Aug 13 2012 By Tim Street
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FA Cup extra preliminary round Wembley 3-2 Langford
DARYL Atkins outshone all of Wembley's star names to land the man of the match award in Wembley's FA Cup opener on Saturday.
Of the club's Budweiser-sponsored star signings for their cup campaign, Wembley started up with Brian McBride and Claudio Caniggia up front, Graeme Le Saux at left-back and Ray Parlour in the middle, with Martin Keown on the bench and David Seaman restricted to coaching duties.
However, it was Atkins, playing off McBride and Caniggia, who stood out with two well-taken goals in an all-round superb display from the former Hendon striker.
For all that, it was one-time Argentina international Caniggia who opened the scoring on 15 minutes, latching onto a weak back pass to finish low into the far corner from the right hand edge of the area.
Former United States international McBride then fired wide after Atkins robbed a Langford defender and pulled the ball back from the byline, before heading wide a cross from former Chelsea favourite Le Saux.
Lions keeper Lee Pearce pushed away a Jack Gregson free-kick as Langford found their feet, before Atkins again dispossessed a visiting defender and this time put in Caniggia, who shot wide.
Atkins himself forced the Langord keeper into a fine save after being set up by Jason Finegan, but on 34 minutes the visitors were level when a ball across the area caught Wembley napping and Ashley Fitton found the far corner.
Within a minute, however, the hosts were back in front when Atkins beat the offside trap to latch onto Caniggia's through-ball and finish with aplomb, before nearly adding another with a fine overhead kick minutes later.
Just minutes into the second half, the same combination came up trumps again when Caniggia played in Atkins for his second and Wembley's third, although Langford pulled one back on the hour mark, Louis Taylor scoring at the third attempt after a last-ditch tackle from Chris Korten and save from Pearce.
Taylor then had an effort hacked off the line, but following a barnstorming hour or so, the game fizzled out as the ex-internationals, aside from McBride, were all replaced, hopefully tom reappear at Uxbridge in the next round on Saturday week.