Kings Langley produced the accomplished all-round performance they had been threatening to deliver for some time as they secured an emphatic 4-1 victory over Herts rivals Bishops Stortford last night.

Paul Hobbs’ men remain fourth from bottom in the Southern League Premier Division following the win, but they are now much closer to the teams above them as they seek to move away from danger.

After the heartbreak of conceding a last-minute own goal three days earlier, Sam Tring was a man on a mission as his brace of powerful headers put Kings in command after falling behind in the third minute.

With three strikers unfit, Kings made an 11th-hour signing, dual registering Mustafa Tiryaki from Wealdstone and his powerful impact was immediate.

Jorell Johnson continued in his role behind the number nine and was marginally over with a header in the second minute, but the home side were stunned when Ryan Richefond found space on the right and his cross was swept home by Afolabi Akinyemi in the Blues’ first attack.

It was a reversal of previous home scripts and one that seemed to suit Kings as they patiently applied pressure and won a corner on ten minutes.

Brendan Ocran’s inswinging kick was straight into the danger area and was met with a towering header by Tring to restore parity.

Twenty minutes later a variation on the same scenario saw an Ocran corner blocked back to him, his cross found Tiryaki beyond the far post and his intelligent header was met by the forehead of Tring again to power the ball past Tyler McCarthy.

Amazingly, another Ocran supply was headed just over by Tring minutes later, denying what would have been one of the most extraordinary hat-tricks ever seen at Gaywood Park.

The visitors were still playing some attractive, inter-passing football and Martin Bennett was forced into an athletic tip-over before the opening period ended.

They continued in the same vein as the second half began, but there was a unity of shape about the Kings team that hasn’t always been evident lately, in no small part due to Elliott Godfrey, the other dual registration signing from Wealdstone, who steadied the ship from midfield and brought the best out of Josh Coldicott-Stevens alongside of him.

Suddenly, from soaking up the pressure, a long clearance found Kieran Turner and Johnson breaking virtually side-by-side and the former slipped a through ball to Johnson who, revelling in his forward role, steered the ball home with style.

Godfrey fired a fierce shot just over, but Stortford continued to press and Bennett was relieved to see a deflected Darren Foxley shot hit the post.

But a revitalised Kings team always looked comfortable and when an upfield ball was sublimely headed into the path of Kieran Tuner by Tiryaki, the winger made no mistake as he beat McCarthy with an angled shot to complete an impressive night’s work.

Kings Langley: Bennett; Folarin, Connolly, Tring, Adebiyi; Coldicott-Stevens, Godfrey; Ocran (Ward 77), Johnson, Turner (Waldren 88); Tiryaki (Karagolzu 83). Subs not used: Hampton, Plowright.