Kings Langley produced arguably their best home performance of the season to stun Weymouth with a 2-1 victory and knock them off the summit of the Southern League Premier Divison South table.

A committed team performance capped with goals from Stevie Ward and Luke Wade-Slater saw Steve Conroy’s side complete back-to-back wins since their escapology act at the end of last season and lift them up to 17th in the table.

The hosts were on the offensive from the second minute when a Dean Hitchcock driving central run and shot rebounded to Ward and keeper Jordan Seabright dived at his feet to deflect the danger for a corner.

Three minutes later the home fans were given the rare sight of the powerful Rene Howe up-ended in the opposition half by central defender Jordan Rose, who was rewarded with a yellow card. The resulting Jacob Cook free-kick was partially cleared by the wall and Ward was on hand to take responsibility to drive a ferocious shot into the far corner to give Kings a 1-0 lead.

A Josh Carmichael bicycle kick was met by an equally spectacular save from Alex Tokarczyk, who was soon involved in a coming together with Calvin Brooks in the area. The referee waved away any penalty claims, the ball broke into the Weymouth half to Howe and Rose repeated his earlier show-stopper by sending the big striker crashing to earth again. The response was predictable and added two more cards to the defender’s collection and Weymouth were left to continue a man short.

For 20 minutes they launched attacks on the home goal, but with newly-introduced Junior Osborne slotting in well with the inspirational Jorell Johnson and Callum Adebiyi and Gary Connelly providing the wide cover, Kings soaked up the pressure and then broke through Mitchell Weiss. The crowd held its corrective breath, but Seabright was equal to the task, winning the one-on-one battle and Weymouth remained in the game.

They looked to have done more than just that when, two minutes into the second half Josh Wakefield put Brooks through a defence that had lost its concentration for the first and only time to score with ease. But the home side responded with character, gradually wrestling the advantage back and playing with a confidence that has not always been apparent of late.

There seemed little danger to the visitors when Wade-Slater picked up the ball wide on the right, but the talented Stevenage loanee unleashed a stunning 25-yard drive that entered the net via the far post and the home fans erupted.

Kings’ management of the game for the final half-an-hour was superb – at one time the visitors were unable to touch the ball for more than a minute - and in the closing minutes a corner was diverted onto the bar by the fingertips of Seabright.

Kings Langley: Tokarczyk; Connolly, Osborne, Johnson, Adebiyi; Wade-Slater, Hitchcock (Ryan 90), Cook, Ward (Syla 77); Howe, Weiss. Subs not used: Coldicott-Stevens, Syme, Toiny-Pendred.