Kings Langley’s climb up the Southern League Premier Division South table continued on Saturday as a 2-1 victory at Hendon moved them up to seventh and within three points of the play-off zone.

The win was a ninth in 12 games for Steve Conroy’s side and saw them come from behind to triumph for the first time since late September as a second double of the season was completed.

The visitors trailed at the interval to Elliott Charles’ 20th-minute opener, but battled back after the break thanks to goals from Callum Adebiyi and Josh Coldicott-Stevens.

Roy Syla regained his midfield spot in the absence of the suspended Dean Hitchcock, but with Barnet announcing their decision not to extend the loan, it would be his last appearance for the Kings.

Conroy made the bold decision of keeping faith with the youth of Charley O’Keefe and Louie Collier and consigning the experience of Junior Osborne and Mitchell Weiss to the bench.

Hendon had the better of the first 15 minutes on their artificial pitch and raiding wing back Tenesheh Abrahams was enjoying acres of space on their left.

The departure of former Kings youth striker Connor Calcutt through injury on 18 minutes was to prove a blessing for the Dons as his replacement, Granada international Charles, outjumped Alex Tokarczyk to head home an Abrahams cross with virtually his first touch of the ball.

Abrahams continued to be a menace on the wing but with Jorell Johnson and Adebiyi keeping the shackles on new signing and former Kings favourite Lewis Toomey, little was made of the threat, while it was to be five minutes from the interval before Rene Howe finally tested former Langley custodian Danny Boness.

The second-half introduction of Weiss immediately changed the complexion of the game and it was little surprise when Langley equalised through a O’Keefe free-kick that saw Adebiyi rise imperiously to put a perfectly placed header beyond Boness.

Syla had a good opportunity when one-on-one with the keeper minutes later only to blast wide. But the confidence had drained from the Dons, six straight defeats having seen their progress in the league diametrically opposed to Langley’s rise, and with 20 minutes to go the visitgors hammered home their advantage.

A Syla corner was headed against the bar by Howe and in the ensuing scramble Coldicott-Stevens finally got a toe to the ball to force it over the line.

There was time for Matty Harriott to be dismissed for a wild challenge on Syla, but by then Kings were coasting to victory and even closer to the top five.

Kings Langley: Tokarczyk; Connolly, Johnson, Adebiyi, O’Keefe; Ward (Ofosu 85), Cook, Coldicott-Stevens, Syla; Howe, Collier (Weiss 46). Subs not used: Osborne, Ryan, Syme.