Kings Langley recorded their first victory in four attempts over Beaconsfield Town with a polished performance that was to ensure a comfortable 3-0 win and a move back to the edge of the play-offs.

Steve Conroy’s side were in control of the contest inside 20 minutes thanks to goals from Mitchell Weiss and Jorell Johnson, with Dylan Switters completing the victory 14 minutes from the end of normal time.

The win moved Kings up to seventh in the Southern League Premier Division South table, three points outside the play-offs but with two games in hand on Poole Town who occupy the last of those berths.

With club captain Gary Connolly still feeling the effects of an ankle injury, Conroy named an unchanged side after a late fitness test on Junior Osborne, with regulars Dean Hitchcock and Josh Coldicott-Stevens continuing on the bench.

A sunny spring-like day provided a welcome background as the hosts made a quick-fire start which produced dividends in the third minute as a Jacob Cook flicked through ball enabled Weiss to time his break, outstrip two defenders and beat Nick Hamann with an angled drive into the far corner of the net.

Rene Howe had the ball in the net from a similar move two minutes later, but this time there was an offside flag.

Kings did double their advantage in the 16th minute though, when a driving run by Stevie Ward was halted unceremoniously just outside the left side of the box. Weiss’ free-kick had plenty of pace on it and Johnson popped up at the near post to steer the ball home for his first goal of the season.

A Howe shot at the end of another purposeful break was inches wide and it wasn’t until the half-hour mark that the Rams threatened with a Charlie Losasso shot deflected just over the bar.

Kings slowed the game down with periods of keep-ball, which frustrated the visitors and some parts of the crowd, but it was an effective tactic when followed by a sudden break. Nevertheless, Beaconsfield felt encouraged to try to get back into the game and Brendan Matthew hit the post on the cusp of the interval.

Andronicos Georgiou forced Hamann into a finger-tip touch round the post and Rams substitute Marvin Morgan thought he’d pulled one back with a header in the 70th minute but the flag was up.

Kings always looked comfortable, with the central defensive pairing of Johnson and Callum Adebiyi being particularly effective and the exuberance of the ubiquitous Switters was rewarded when Hamann planted a clearance into his path, enabling him to run on and take the ball round the keeper for the decisive third.

Weiss capped an effective afternoon with a header off his own line and the game closed with visiting frustrations boiling over as Morgan was given a second yellow for one challenge too many on goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyk.

Kings Langley: Tokarczyk; Osborne (Hitchcock 81), Johnson, Adebiyi, O’Keefe; Ward (Coldicott-Stevens 77), Cook, Switters, Georgiou; Howe (Collier 89), Weiss. Subs not used: Syme, Ofosu.