Vikings extend lead at the top of the league

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Langtoft United FC experienced a mixed weekend as the first team extended their lead at the top of Peterborough League Division One with a vital victory, but a first defeat in 15 league games toppled the reserves off the summit of Division Two.

On a customary windy day at home ground Manor Way, the first team battled to a 2-0 win against Warboys Town and an important three points in their push for promotion.

Langtoft’s tricky winger Jordan Avis came off the bench for the injured Dan Jarman to open the scoring in the first half.

He collected the ball on the left wing and turned the full-back inside out, before cutting inside and curling his shot inside the far post.

Langtoft missed further chances before Jobi Froud made it 2-0 when Avis turned provider with an exquisite through ball to dissect the visitors’ defence.

Froud ran clear down the right and expertly tucked the ball under the Warboys’ keeper.

More chances came and went for Langtoft in the second half, but as the game went on and the weather worsened, Warboys were able to pin their hosts back.

Langtoft, however, defended resolutely to snuff out any half-chances Warboys created to see out the result.

Meanwhile, Langtoft Reserves suffered a wake-up call when they took a 5-1 hammering at Peterborough ICA Sports A on Saturday in the PDFL Division Two.

The defeat - their first in the league since August - means they have surrendered top spot to neighbours Baston, although Langtoft have three games in hand.

With a number of players unavailable, the starting 11 showed five changes from the previous week.

ICA had raced into a 4-1 lead by half-time - captain Moddy Santaniello grabbing the Vikings’ goal - but despite their best efforts Langtoft could find no way back in the second half.

The Reserves will look to get back on track when they face bottom of the league Ramsey Town Reserves at home tomorrow.