Newly crowned SSML Premier Division champions Kings Langley shared an entertaining 2-2 draw with second-placed London Colney on Tuesday night – taking them to the 100-point milestone in the process
The likely league runners-up took their unbeaten run to 22 games, having got off to a flyer, but ended up having to rescue a point 11 minutes from time.
Kings were slow to react to a home attack and, when the ball found James Ewington in the inside right position, his well-placed shot gave Ant Ladyman little chance.
Boosted by this, London Colney had far the better of the first half hour and Kings struggled to get into the game, with their passing lacking its usual crispness.
That changed when a typical rampaging run down the left by Callum Adebiyi was blocked in no uncertain terms as he cut inside to the byline.
Half-time opinion was divided, but the trajectory of the well-built defender in full motion was painful to watch and resulted in him retiring from the game seven minutes later.
Danny Hutchins dispatched the penalty in customary confident fashion to level the scores, before a rejuvenated Kings had a Lewis Toomey shot parried and the follow up saved.
A 30-yard thunderbolt from Lee Burgoyne was tipped round the post by Jack Smith and this was to result in the keeper’s half-time departure with a hand injury.
The even contest continued in the second period, with Stefan Geraldis seeing his header just over, before Kings took the lead in the 64th minute.
A free-kick was cleared, but the ball fell to Danny May nearly 30 yards out, and his powerful low shot flew past substitute keeper Charlie May into the net.
Kings looked likely to see the game out, but a defensive error saw the ball squared across the keeper and Geraldes turned the ball in while under pressure.
While a point apiece satisfied the pride of both protagonists, it was probably a fair result on reflection.