A Melvin Minter-inspired Kings Langley continued their good run of Southern League Premier Central form with a 2-0 victory over Nuneaton Borough on Saturday.

Goals from Stevie Ward and Saul Williams secured a fourth win in five games for Chris Cummins’ side, but only after goalkeeper Minter had been instrumental in keeping the contest goalless.

The Kings boss named an unchanged line-up for the third successive match, but the bench had a more experienced look than of late with the return of Harry Crawford and new signing, former Watford striker Will Hoskins, among the replacements.

The first 10 minutes were eventful, Ward surprised to suddenly find himself in acres of room and being unceremoniously bundled over by keeper Tony Breedon after a hurried shot was heading wide.

Play switched to the other end and a close-range shot hit the hand of Lloyd Doyley, the referee pointed to the spot and Luke Benbow took the kick.

Minter produced a superb save, but the ball fell back to Benbow, who seemed certain to score, but the Kings scrambled to his feet to complete a spectacular double stop.

The keeper was the home side’s saviour again when David Bremang forced his way through, pulling off another low save, but his opposite number had to be in similar form when Kyle Connolly burst through the defence following a flowing move.

A Roddy Collins piledriver was just over as Kings began to exploit gaps in the visiting defence and reaped the reward when an inch perfect through pass from Mitchell Weiss enabled Ward to run on and coolly slot the ball past Breedon.

When Saul Williams found himself in a similar position shortly after, the keeper was this time equal to the task, but the half closed with Borough taking exception to a Collins challenge and reacting aggressively to both player and referee, resulting in three yellow cards.

With the second half just four minutes old, Bremang spoke out of turn to the referee again and paid the price of a second yellow card, leaving his side facing an uphill task.

The home side sought to press home the numeric advantage and a 35-yard Jordan Parkes effort was narrowly over, a superb solo run through the defence by Kyle Connolly was halted almost on the line and Williams hit the bar.

With Hoskins having come on for his debut in place of Ward, Kings made their pressure count in the 63rd minute when Parkes sent Williams through and the winger beat Breedon with a composed finish equal to that of the first goal.

The home side were now dominating, a Doyley cross receiving a flick from Hoskins that was kept out only by a reflex reaction from the keeper and Breeden was to have the last word when he emulated his opposite number by saving a Parkes penalty after Nigel Julien had brought down Crawford.

The victory leaves Kings 14th in the table ahead of another home game this weekend when they face third-placed Peterborough Sports.

Prior to that though, they entertain Baldock Town in the Herts Senior Cup tomorrow night.

Kings Langley: Minter; Doyley, Johnson, Adebiyi, K Connolly; Hitchock; Collins, Parkes; Williams (Crawford 65), Weiss (Linsell 84), Ward (Hoskins 56). Subs not used: Collier, Lamboh.