Kings Langley put in a battling performance as they ran out 2-0 winners over Petersfield Town in Saturday’s Southern League Division One Central clash.
Management duo Paul Hughes and Ritchie Hanlon moved quickly to replace Alex Campana and Tom Carter following their moves to Berkhamsted this week, bringing in Lorenzo Ferrari from Dunstable Town.
It took only 15 minutes for the Kings Langley faithful to embrace another crowd pleaser as, picking up a short pass out of defence from Callum Adebiyi in his own half, debutant Ferrari set off on a 60-yard solo run with such speed and control that he was deep into opposition territory before they were aware of the danger.
Riding a reactive tackle, Ferarri drew the keeper to slot home a spectacular opener.
Five minutes later, Connor Toomey made contact with a low cross from the left; visiting keeper Anthony Ender could only parry the ball into the path of the alert Stevie Ward, who followed up to double the lead.
Both sides were defying the sodden conditions to play some entertaining, attacking, interpassing football, the next drama came on the cusp of half-time when Kings’ Spanish keepe, Xavi Comas suffered a badly dislocated finger and Ant Ladyman had to be drafted in.
This blunted the home performance for the second half, although Mitchell Weiss had an early opportunity for a killer third, but uncharacteristically shot straight at the keeper when played through.
Petersfield, no strangers to coming back from a two-goal deficit, took full advantage to have far the better of the half and thought they had closed the gap when the prolific Alek Przespolewski rounded the keeper, only to see his low angled shot cleared off the line by the sliding intervention of Callum Adebiyi.
There was another close call when Manny Folarin blocked an effort on the line, but although the visitors went to the final whistle, Kings looked mainly comfortable in closing out the contest.