Kings Langley saw their Herts FA Charity Shield hopes ended as they were beaten 2-1 by Hertford Town in the quarter-finals of the competition.
The match had been a long time coming, with the tie finally being played a full eight months after the previous round following four postponements.
Kings stunned their MSSML Premier League opponents by attacking from the off and, when Craig Lynskey forced a corner, Shaun Owens’ in-swinging kick caused chaos and Lynskey forced the ball over a crowded goal-line.
Another Lynskey run and cut-back saw a Ben Long piledriver brilliantly parried by Hertford keeper Lewis Kidd and, with Joe Gallagher orchestrating some creative attacking football, Kings looked to have Hertford on the ropes.
The hosts weathered the storm, however, and a moment of inspiration by Mark Summers turned the game as his 40-yard screamer beat Ant Ladyman to level the scores up.
The tie continued as a fairly even contest, but Jimmy Armstrong was causing Town problems as his persistence twice robbed a defender to set up chances.
The first time Lynskey was unable to turn in his cross and the second saw Kidd save his one-on-one.
With both teams tiring and the prospect of extra-time looming, Town were awarded a corner and Andrew Pearce beat Ladyman to the ball give his side a late lead.
Langley battled to the end, with an Armstrong back-header tipped over the bar, and the Division One side can be proud their performance that arguably merited more.