Leaders Kings Langley were made to work hard at struggling Holmer Green in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, but still came away with a 2-0 win.
Second-from-bottom Green fought hard to contain the visitors, giving them close attention and biting tackles, but after Mitchell Weiss brought an early save from Dan Little when through, it was Danny Hutchins who put Kings ahead after a quarter of an hour.
A Callum Adebiyi run was interrupted, but the ball fell to Ollie Cox, who immediately swept it wide to Hutchins and he finished on the run from an acute angle.
A Weiss free kick was well saved before a wayward back pass by Jack Pattison was not taken advantage of by Dean Powles, who dragged his shot wide when through.
Headers by defenders Stuart Deaton and Adebiyi were off target, Weiss and Alex Campana had efforts cleared off the line and then Little saved point blank from Hutchins as Kings failed to capitalise on their far greater possession.
However, they were first out of the blocks for the second period, Danny Hutchins crossing for Adebiyi to head down and Weiss finishing from close range.
Powles had another chance to reduce the deficit, but Ladyman pulled off an alert tip round for a corner, before Ollie Cox put the ball over the bar from a good chance.
The rest of the half was a somewhat dour affair, neither midfield being allowed to be creative, but Campana came close with a break and a chip well saved by Little and at the other end, Powles, looking suspiciously offside, was again foiled by the advancing Ant Ladyman.
It wasn’t particularly pretty, but this was a workmanlike performance from Kings and keeps the buffer constant at the top of the table.