Kings Langley bounced back from defeat in the cup to edge past a spirited Amersham Town side 1-0 at Gaywood Park.
Kings made eight changes to the side from the previous night’s match, while Amersham had also played 24 hours previously.
A classic was never on the cards but Amersham, desperate for points at the wrong end of the table, gave a determined performance that held Kings at bay until the 70th minute.
The visitors had an opportunity when Liam Tack broke but was forced too wide for a meaningful shot, while Luke Ladyman had a shot cleared off the line at the other end.
Chances fell to Kings’ Kamil Rosiak, Tom Carter, Adam Hallissey and Jimmy Armstrong, but Martin Griggs produced a fine tip-over from Langley keeper Ant Ladyman before Justin Hockley fired over.
For all that, the half ended goal-less and 0-0 continued to look a likely scoreline until a deflection fell to Armstrong on the right wing.
His low cross found the predatory Adam Hallissey at the far post to break the deadlock with a composed finish.
With the returning Craig Preston and Luke Ladyman nullifying visiting attacks down the centre and Ritchie Hanlon pulling the strings with the combative Jack Pattison in defensive midfield, Kings searched for the decisive second, but the visitors refused to concede.
Joe Gallagher saw a shot cleared off the goal-line and Hanlon had a rocket well saved by Amersham keeper James Weatherill.
When the keeper body-checked Armstrong outside the box when the striker was about to go through, he was lucky to only receive a caution, but Kings were happy to take the three points against an Amersham side whose performance belied their current league standing.