There was no Christmas cheer for Kings Langley as they journeyed to the little town of Northwood for a Boxing Day fixture and came away empty-handed.
The commitment of both teams was to be admired after the festivities and, although the visitors looked the more dangerous early on, there was little in the way of clear cut chances for the first half hour.
Then Kings lost possession on the right and conceded a corner in halting the resultant break.
The ball was swung in, the players surged forward from a somewhat deeper than usual position, Wood skipper Steve Brown fell to the ground and the referee awarded a penalty. Louis Stead dispatched the spot kick and Kings were facing an uphill task.
They responded with a free-kick on the edge of the box by Danny Hutchins flying just over, and a further one by David Hutton well saved, but went in still trailing at half-time.
That got worse on the hour mark, when a defensive lapse allowed Brown to pick out James Budden and the defender side-footed home.
The Kings management made a triple substitution and, with 20 minutes to go, the home side went a man down after Myles Stephenson received his second yellow card.
Soon afterwards, Kings striker Mitchell Weiss had a header well saved by Berkley Laurencin and then two successive shots cleared off the line.
Langley continued to press, and Ryan Plowright robbed the keeper and set up Weiss who picked his spot only to see that shot also suffer the same fate and probably convince him that it wasn’t to be his day.
New signing Immanuelson Duku, who had looked lively since coming on, put too much height on a good chance, but the home defence – well lead by the towering Budden and well backed by Laurencin – looked and proved capable of hanging on for victory.