Kings Langley 3 Hoddesdon Town 1
After another three week lay-off due to bad weather, Kings demonstrated the strength in depth of their injury-hit squad to defeat a table topping team for the second match in succession.
Clashes between these two rivals are always a close affair and despite being played at a furious pace with space at a premium, the first 40 minutes produced few clear-cut chances.
Luke Ladyman headed a goal-bound shot over the bar and an Adam Hallissey shot went just wide at the other end.
Gary Coyle got the ball in the net, but was adjudged to have handled, before Kings went ahead four minutes from the break – Callum Adebiyi getting his head to a Gary Coyle corner in a crowded box.
Six minutes into the second period, another corner caused consternation in the visiting ranks when Joe Gallagher worked a partial clearance to Ben Long and Reece Buck could only parry his powerful shot.
The rebound fell to Hallissey and the ex-Levy Green striker kept his cool to steer the ball through the keeper’s legs and open his account for his new club.
Kings were now dictating the play, but Town got back into the match when Ben Andreos fired home the aftermath of a free-kick.
Kings’ protests were loud and long, claiming a hand was involved, but the goal stood and the visitors – sensing a reprieve – had their best period of the match as they searched for parity.
However, the final word went to Nathan Pooley, who came off the bench and directed a perfectly flighted free-kick into the net to wrap up the win for his side.