Langtof have to settle for a draw after Long Sutton come back


Langtoft United stuttered to another draw in their push for promotion from PDFL Division One - their fifth in the past seven games.

United led throughout but Long Sutton Athletic came back to make the final score 3-3.

Langtoft opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Dan Evans converted a penalty after Tony Wooding was tripped in the area. Fourteen minutes later they had a second goal as Tom Gindon latched on to fellow midfielder Ian Bird’s pass and fired into the far corner.

Long Sutton had drawn level by half-time though, as Langtoft were twice punished for conceding free-kicks close to goal. The first one was floated into the box and headed home, while the second was a superb effort swung across Vikings keeper Robbie Virgin and into the top corner.

Five minutes into the second half and Langtoft were back in front. Evans’ pass sent Jobi Froud scampering clear down the right. His shot looked to be drifting wide of the far post, but a Long Sutton defender knocked it into his own net.

Back came the Magpies again and in the 65th minute they drew level for a second time when their striker cut in from the left and fired past Virgin.

Clear-cut chances were hard to come by on a bobbly surface and with a strong wind gusting across the pitch, but Jordan Avis had a sight of goal when he ran clear down the right with 20 minutes left. However, with just the keeper to beat, he shot just past the far post.

Langtoft could not find a decisive goal and are left to reflect on another two points dropped in the race to reach the Premier Division,which looks set to go to the wire.