The sun shone as Kings Langley made their Southern League Division One Central debut with a 1-1 draw at home to St Ives Town.
Kings got off to the perfect start when a fourth minute Alex Campana corner cleared the defence to find Danny May on the far left and he volleyed the ball past Tim Trebes.
Things got worse for St Ives when skipper Luke Knight was dismissed 20 minutes later for a second yellow card in the space of two minutes, and Mitchell Weiss fired just wide at the end of a forceful run.
A quick May free-kick from 25 yards hit the post with the keeper beaten and it looked to be only a matter of time before Kings extended their lead.
But the 10 men dug deep and fired a warning on the stroke of half-time when Danny Watson netted while offside.
Stevie Ward, on for Jack Pattison, brought a great save out of Trebes as the second half opened, but the visitors soaked up the pressure and broke to see a Phil Draycott looping shot from 25 yards curve into the top right hand corner to give them parity.
Connor Toomey was just over with a shot soon after at the other end, but the visiting defence grew in stature to give Kings’ attack little room for manoeuvre and earn a deserved draw