Kings Langley saw their six-match winning streak come to an end in a 3-1 home defeat to Crawley Green.
It was a disappointing result for Kings, who had looked in control in the opening 30 minutes of the contest.
With just seven minutes on the clock, Kings’ patient inter-passing football produced a textbook goal of stunning simplicity.
Callum Adebiyi brought the ball out of defence and found Sam Warrell in midfield, who exchanged passes with Joe Gallagher.
The latter split the Crawley Green defensive ranks with a diagonal ball to Tom Carter on the left wing, and his cross was turned in by Jimmy Armstrong.
Gallagher then had a header cleared off the line and Adam Hallissey’s shot on the run was punched away by visiting keeper Dean Bull.
But with 35 minutes on the clock, a shirt pull by Callum Adebiyi on the edge of the box earnt him a caution and Jamie Warne’s free-kick found its way through both the wall and the keeper.
Spirits buoyed, Crawley looked a different team and the visitors took the lead after 51 minutes when Adebiyi lost possession and the ball was swept on to Stuart Strange to score from close range.
Kings did not react well to the errors and their heads were still down when Warne found the other wing wide open and gratefully accepted the invitation to run on and rifle home the decisive third goal eight minutes later.
To their credit, Kings battled for the last half-hour to gain some consolation and had the ball in the net from a throw in – only to see the goal chalked off for offside.
But the visiting defence – vulnerable in the first third of the match but composed for the rest – dealt comfortably with the Kings threat for the remainder of the match to record a deserved win on a night as the curtain came down on Kings’ last home game of the season.