Kings Langley’s hopes of building on their battling midweek point at Gosport Borough ended in disappointment as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Truro City on Saturday.

Once again, there was little to choose between the sides, but it was all settled by a single goal from a set piece when substitute Rocky Neal stabbed the ball home from a corner on the hour.

The defeat leaves Kings third from bottom of the Southern League Premier South table and eight points from safety.

There was the usual mixture of good and bad team news for the hosts, with Jorell Johnson and Will Hoskins added to the absentee list of Will Hall (concussion precaution) and Harry Crawford (suspension), while Edu Toiny-Pendred returned from injury with a cameo last half-an-hour from the bench.

A first half shaded by Kings saw their interpassing football trouble the visitors, but a lack of cutting edge keep chances to a minimum, namely an Alex Lafleur shot into the side netting, a Roddy Collins lob hit the post with the keeper beaten and an Alfie Williams thunderbolt well saved by James Hamson.

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Kings keeper Alfie Marriott punches clear

Truro meanwhile conjured three good openings, a Connor Riley-Lowe shot just past the post, a Dan Rooney effort well saved by Alfie Marriott and a Tyler Harvey header just over.

The deadlock continued for the first 15 minutes of the second half, but Truro then upped the pressure and Marriott was forced into a superb double save, resulting in Cheick Diabete hitting the bar. From the resultant corner though, substitute Neal forced the ball home from close range through a mass of bodies.

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Truro celebrate what proved to be the winner

Kings strived for an equaliser in the last 20 minutes with Hamson saving at the feet of Louis Yamfam and Jamie Jellis hitting a post, but the Truro defence remained as resolute as they had been all afternoon and saw the game out to take the points with them back to Cornwall,