Kings Langley failed to shake off their previous week’s Red Insure Cup blues as Southern League Division 1 Central basement boys Arlesey Town registered their first league win of the season.
Kings never really recovered from Town’s quick-fire start that saw a left wing cross to the unmarked Christian Tavernier lashed home from wide right with a mere 16 seconds on the clock.
Following the transfer of Danny May to Royston Town, Kings gave debuts to new signings Wilfried Gnahore and Alan Musoke; the latter after Mitchell Weiss had failed a fitness test.
Along with their new colleagues, both struggled to make an impact and chances were non-existent as Arlesey defended their lead with a vigour.
Callum Adebiyi was called on to make a saving tackle on Jack Vasey in the only other clear chance of the half.
The home side finally raised their game in the second period, but were guilty too often of giving the ball away and neither keeper was tested.
When Weiss was pitched into the fray with 15 minutes to go, it had a hint of desperation about it, but the gamble initially seemed to have got Kings out of jail.
With the away goal finally under concentrated pressure, the striker turned on a sixpence and fired a characteristic goalbound shot that was blocked and Gary Connolly steered in the rebound from close range.
But Town were not to be denied their first win, suddenly mounting attacks and Ant Ladyman pulled off two superb saves. However, the second was finger-tipped onto a post and fell to Louis Lee, who was presented with the simplest of chances from two yards out to win the game for Arlesey.
It was arguably a fitting reward for the team who refused to settle for a point.
Kings will be looking for a positive response when they travel to Leighton Town for another league fixture next Saturday.