Kings Langley bounced back from two defeats to register a hard fought 2-0 win and depose Northwood from the top of the Southern League Divsision One Central table.
It was a cagy opening half hour of little or no chances, before Mitchell Weiss broke clear, only for David Moran to tip his shot round the post.
In reply, Rob Partington was out quickly to block from Joakim Ehui, and Michael Murray’s chip from the rebound was off target.
The Wood finished the half strongly, but it was Kings who were the fastest out of the second half blocks; Connor Toomey’s sprint down the left wing and pinpoint low cross being turned in by Ollie Cox from close range while under pressure with a mere 40 seconds on the clock.
Alex Campana nearly doubled the lead minutes later when his shot was edged past the woodwork, and it took a while for the visitors to get back in the game.
When they did, a searching cross was almost converted and Partington saved well from an unmarked George Nicholas, before Kings’ introduction of Tom Carter saw him nearly score within 30 seconds as he surged forward and delivered a rasping shot from outside the box that rattled the bar.
The busy Moran got fingertips to an Ollie Cox rocket and a Danny May free-kick, while at the other end Liam Baker should have done better when well-placed.
The Kings back four of Jack Pattison, David Femiola, Stuart Deaton and Callum Adebiyi coped well throughout and had to be at their best as a desperate Northwood threw everything forward as time added on stretched to nine minutes.
But Wood were to pay the price for the gamble, as a clearance fell to Weiss 10 yards inside his own half and he outstripped his pursuers to slot the ball past Moran and seal victory.