Langtoft United remain on course for a promotion and cup double after booking their place in the PDFL Chairman’s Shield final with a 3-0 victory away to Farcet United, courtesy of a Dan Evans hat-trick.
The game, which pitted bottom of PDFL Division One versus top, started slowly, with Farcet happy to sit deep and invite Langtoft on to them when the league leaders were in possession.
However, Langtoft switched to 4-4-2 and the move paid dividends as Evans latched on to a through ball and was brought down for a penalty. He slotted the spot kick low to the keeper’s left to set the Vikings on their way.
As Langtoft began to play higher up the pitch, Tom Glindon and Jobi Froud both went close to doubling the Vikings’ lead.
They made it 2-0 within minutes of the second half as Evans rolled his man and slotted the ball home. And he didn’t have to wait long to complete his hat-trick as he produced a carbon copy of the second goal.
Langtoft continued to create chances without adding to their tally, but they maintained their clean sheet, led by another impressive performance from centre-back pairing Adam Sparkes and Keir O’Sullivan.
Meanwhile, Langtoft United Reserves are searching for the reasons why a team who didn’t taste defeat between September and February have now done so four times in the past seven weeks.
The latest loss - 2-1 at home to Whittlesey United Reserves - brought their first back-to-back league defeats of the season.
The Vikings had the better of a tight first half and took the lead midway through it when Callum Fox seized on a defensive lapse on the halfway line and calmly slotted past the advancing keeper from 25 yards.
Whittlesey, with the infamous Manor Way wind at their backs, took the game to their hosts in the second half and grabbed goals around the 70th and 85th-minute marks to take all three points.