Kings Langley returned pointless from their first ever visit to Weston-super-Mare’s seaside stadium following a 3-0 defeat but once again had reason to ponder their misfortune.

The visitors hit the woodwork three times during Saturday's loss which came after they made an encouraging start, only to all too often find themselves extended in the face of persistent attacks from their hosts.

It had all started so positively for Kings with three corners won in as many minutes and each one generating a credible opportunity to score.

Having survived the early onslaught though, the home side gradually built momentum, with wing-back Jordan Bastin being particularly conspicuous with his productive forays down the left. Kings, however, were proving resilient in defence, with the returning Jorell Johnson looking back to his best, as the home side were confined to limited opportunities.

But just when Langley looked like ensuring parity at the break, they conceded a sucker punch on the stroke of half-time when Bastin’s low cross ricocheted its way to Nick McCootie and the burly striker managed to bundle the ball over the line to give the home side an interval lead.

The setback, no doubt, altered the tenor of manager Chris Cummins half-time team talk, but whatever the intended strategy, it was quickly undermined within a minute of the restart when Dayle Grubb capped his 400th appearance for the Seagulls with a smart finish after a clever exchange with the industrious Lloyd Humphries.

The blow rocked Kings and keeper Jack Smith came to the rescue twice in rapid succession, bravely blocking efforts from Marlon Jackson and Humphries as the home side looked to press home their advantage.

The visitors reacted by introducing Will Hoskins for Arel Amu and the seasoned campaigner was soon in the thick of things as he looked to wrest the attacking initiative from the hosts.

It was, in fact, the striker who produced Kings’ best moment of the match when he sublimely drifted past two defenders and unleashed a left-foot drive which rattled the crossbar.

Such was the perversity of Kings’ fortunes in this match that with the bar still shuddering from Hoskins’ howitzer, the home side put the result beyond doubt when Kieran Thomas rose to head home with the ball ironically entering the net via the woodwork.

Langley battled to the end, with Alex Lafleur’s low drive extracting a superb save from home keeper Max Harris, and in the dying seconds ‘Lady Luck’ completed her hat-trick of unwanted interventions at Kings’ expense when new signing Max Bustamante crashed a towering header against the bar.