Kings Langley maintained their impressive form in Division One Central as they recorded a 2-0 win at Uxbridge on Tuesday night.
With Southern League defences struggling to cope with the goal threat of in-form striker Mitchell Weiss, Kings have produced another ace in the pack, in the form of his 19-year-old cousin Steve Ward.
The teenager added to Weiss’ first half strike with a breath-taking goal of his own to settle an exciting encounter at Uxbridge.
The first half saw both sides engage in quick tempo, precision passing football with a pressing midfield as the game flowed from end to end, and chances opened up for Connor Toomey and Callum Adebiyi for the visitors and Reece Grant and Dave Thomas for Uxbridge.
The home side had the ball in the net after a quarter of an hour, but the offside flag received no protests, while Mitchell Weiss hit the inside of the post at the other end.
Xavi Comas had to pull off a brave blocking save with his chest with Matt Woods through on goal, but the defining moment came on 35 minutes when a perfectly weighted ball down the left wing enabled Weiss to outstrip the defence and beat the outcoming keeper.
That clinical finish was the difference between two highly entertaining and skilful sides at the end of a half that gave excellent value for money.
But Kings upped the tempo again after the break, penning their opponents in, and McCarthy pulled off a superb save from Dean Hitchcock.
Skipper Wayne Carter tried desperately to get the Reds back into the game with a range of searching passes, but the pace of Steve Ward and Connor Toomey, playing just behind Weiss, was telling.
The defence struggled to contain two powerful and direct runs into the box by Ward, who felt he was held back on both occasions.
With 10 minutes to go, and the threat of an equaliser always possible, a powerful midfield tackle sent the ball to Weiss and his precision lob sent Ward through to beat the attentions of two defenders and the advancing keeper to net the decider and receive the acclaim of the travelling fans.