A single goal from Gary Connolly right at the end of the first half was enough to earn Kings Langley all three points against Aylesbury United in Saturday’s Southern League Division One Central clash.
Interim Ducks manager Glyn Creaser would have been pleased with his side’s first half performance as they put Kings under early pressure, with ex-Langley man Shaun Owens breaking through only to be denied by a fine save via the legs of Langley keeper Ant Ladyman.
Kings responded with a flowing move that saw Mitchell Weiss serve up a wasted opportunity to Tom Carter and this was to set the scene as a low Callum Adebiyi cross received no takers. At the other end, Owens just failed to reach a similar cross.
Then, on the stroke of half-time, Steve Ward put a cross field ball to Weiss and his subtle pass gave skipper Gary Connolly the time to turn and pick his spot to give Kings the lead.
The goal was harsh on the Ducks, who had shaded the half, but the home side built on this after the interval, with some quick fire interpassing moves creating chances for Carter and Connolly that were off target.
United came back with Field rounding Ladyman only for Dean Hitchcock to clear off the line and then Jack Wood heading over when well placed.
The pendulum swung back the other way with the introduction of Alex Campana, who broke clear only to be thwarted by the impressive Alex Tokarczyk, before fashioning openings for Stuart Deaton, Connolly and Carter, all of which were spurned.
Aylesbury thought they had a just claim for a penalty when Taylor Collins went down, but the referee remained unimpressed, while a Campana free-kick sailed into the net through a crowded box, only to be disallowed for an offside.
The visitors forced a series of corners in the closing minutes, but the last action of the day saw Weiss break free to beat Tokarczyk at last, only to see his precision shot caress the outside of the post.
The victory leaves Kings flying high in fifth place in the league table, just three points off top spot with a game in hand.
Next up for Langley is a trip to 17th placed Hanwell Town on Saturday, with the in-form side looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games.