Langtoft succumbed to their first PDFL Premier Division defeat in five games on Saturday in what manager Phil Gadsby described as “the worst game of football” he had ever witnessed.
The Vikings can feel slightly hard done by as neither they nor Thorney deserved to win such a poor contest played on what was not too dissimilar to that of a farmer’s field - however the visitors were defeated 1-0 at the final whistle.
Langtoft did have the ball in the back of the net after ten minutes in what was probably the only real decent bit of football played all afternoon.
After a patient build up, the ball was played into Dan Evans who laid it into the path of Tom Glindon to sidefoot home, only for the referee to disallow the goal for offside.
Thorney took the lead in the later stages of the second half, a near post corner was only half dealt with by Langtoft and when the ball was lifted back into the box Conor Pridmore hooked the ball over Nathan Wicks, in the Langtoft goal, and into the net.
Ten minutes from time Langtoft had half a chance to equalise when Dan Morris was played in on goal but his effort was smothered by Thorney keeper Ben Derbyshire.
Gadsby said: “Had we not lost I’d describe that game as comical, it was the worst game of football I have ever witnessed.
“The pitch at Parson Drove is a complete disgrace. You can’t play any football on that type of surface.”
“It was like watching The Dog and Duck versus The Fox and Hounds. That being said, we didn’t cover ourselves in glory or stick to the game plan we outlined before the game and at half-time. I think a draw would have been a fair result but Thorney managed to nick it.
Next up for Langtoft are Holbech United Reserves tomorrow.
l The Vikings Reserves enjoyed a rare win in the PDFL Division One in what has been a very difficult season for the side.
Having been promoted into Division One last season Langtoft United Reserves look set to go straight back down again as they currently sit bottom of the league, a position they have found themselves in for much of the year.
However on Saturday they beat Wisbech Town Reserves 3-2 at Manor Way.
Langtoft were aided by the visitors losing Ryan Charalambous to a red card but still had to comeback from being a goal down at the break.
Callum Croson, Chris Joiner and substitute James Goode got the goals for the Vikings to secure just their fourth victory of the 2014/15 league campaign.
However relegation is far from a mathematical certainty at this point, with eight games remaining they are just a win away from lifting themselves out of the drop zone.
Tomorrow they travel to Moulton Harrox Reserves who are only out of the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference.
A win in the preverbal six pointer would see the Vikings, on 17 points, leapfrog their opponents, 19, and likely get out of the immediate danger.
l Elsewhere in the PDFL Division One Baston enjoyed a 3-0 victory at the Goat Pen over Netherton United Reserves on Saturday.
Daniel Peck continued his good form with a brace of goals to do the damage for Baston and Troy Waters joined him on the score sheet.
Peck is currently the ninth highest scorer in the division despite having only played 14 games so far this season.
He has found the back of the net 18 times in the league so far.
Baston’s season is in a bit of a strange phase as they are probably out of touching distance to make a run at promotion but well safe in fifth position.
Next up for the Goats are 12th place King’s Cliffe tomorrow at Deeping Leisure Centre, 2pm ko.