Two first half goals from Nick Jackson helped Kings Langley to a 4-0 win at Amersham Town and ensured that the promotion race between Kings and Bedford will go to the wire when the teams meet on Saturday.
Amersham have also suffered long term injuries and fixture pile-ups and felt they had little option but to park the bus – inviting Kings to find a way round it.
Despite possession and goalmouth incident, there was no end result until Gary Connolly rescued a blocked pass in the 20th minute and played a through-ball to Jackson, enabling him to beat keeper Ashley Smith with a precision shot.
The pattern of resistance then resumed until Kings made the second and vital break 20 minutes later.
Again the skipper was the architect, drifting wide to the left wing before playing Paul Insley in with a diagonal pass for him to lash the ball home.
Within a few minutes Town had been breached again, this time by a more direct route. Liam Tack’s good run to the corner was halted by Callum Adebiyi, who launched a long ball down the middle and Jackson used his experience to lob the advancing keeper for a 3-0 interval scoreline.
Craig Preston and Jonny Munday took the opportunity to come forward and put second half headers narrowly over but, mid-half, Sam Izzard played a first time ball up the touchline to Jackson, who took it to the byeline before crossing low for Insley to convert from close range.
A Town free-kick went narrowly over after 85 minutes, but in truth Steve Bourke hardly had a shot to deal with.
Any thoughts that a result on Saturday might not be required were dispelled by the surprise news that Bedford had emphatically ended Sun Postal’s 25-game unbeaten run four miles down the road with a shock 4-1 scoreline.
So whatever the result at Arlesey tomorrow, it will all be decided on Saturday.