Kings Langley slipped to a 2-1 defeat against previously winless Royston Town in the Southern League Division One Central.
A day that started badly for Kings when Stevie Ward broke down in the warm-up, got worse when Danny Hutchins pulled up in the 18th minute and Sam Doolan suffered a head injury before the break.
Kings had started brightly as a surging run from Mitchell Weiss saw Danny May fire over and then keeper Ronnie Yates pulled off a great save when one-on-one with Weiss.
The Crows responded with Ryan Towner firing just wide, Rhys Hoenes’ shot deflected for a corner and Chris Watters hitting the post from a free-kick.
They were now asking all the questions and it was little surprise when they took the lead as a free-kick saw Callum Adebiyi and Liam McDevitt rise together in a crowded box and the former put a header past his own keeper.
It was a dour next 20 minutes until Yates again thwarted Weiss on the run, saw Connor Toomey’s follow up blocked and then saved from Gary Connolly.
Minutes later, Kings thought they were level from a Stuart Deaton header, but Connolly was adjudged offside.
As the next half began, McDevitt and Waters both missed easy headers, before yet another cross from Hoenes, who was a constant threat on the right, was converted by Rob Mason on the hour mark.
The only threat from the visitors was coming from Ollie Cox, as Yates saved his rasping shot from outside the box, but could do nothing about his 25-yard rocket with six minutes to go.
It was Cox who nearly salvaged a point when he broke through at the death, only to over-run the ball.