Kings Langley climbed to third in the Southern League Division 1 Central table as they beat Chalfont St Peter 3-1 to register a fourth straight win.
The clash between two teams in the top four was hugely influenced and overall, marred, by a gale force wind as the ball not only changed direction in flight, but sometimes ended up behind the player passing.
The match boasted the division’s two leading scorers, Mitchell Weiss for Kings and Tony Mendy for Saints, but neither were fully match fit, although visiting keeper Michael Power-Simpson took the ball off the toes of Weiss from an Immanuelson Duku cross in the 22nd minute for the first real incident of note.
A drab contest suddenly sparked to life 10 minutes later, courtesy of the treacherous elements, as David Hutton took a free-kick that swung into the box and swirled into the top corner.
Jack Hutchinson replied with a cross that deceived Kings keeper Xavi Comas but was scrambled away, before Hutton built on previous experience to swing in a corner that Alex Paine deflected into his own net.
In the second half, Comas had to be at his best to block a shot as Mendy sparked into life, but Duku was unlucky when, on a rare Kings’ break, he chipped the keeper, only to see the ball hit the post.
Continued away pressure resulted in a penalty when Victor Osobu was felled mid half, but Xavi Comas dived to his right to save Michael Murray’s spot kick.
The visitors knew their luck was out when they hit a post, only for Hutton to hit them on the break. His pass out to Lorenzo Ferrari on the right wing saw the resultant shot parried, but Hutton was first to the rebound and executed an audacious back-heel to slot the ball home.
Osobu was on hand to convert Tyrone Pink’s blocked shot to spoil Comas’ bid for a clean sheet, but a strange afternoon belonged to Kings.