Langtoft United’s preparations for the PFA Senior Cup semi-final at the end of the month took a massive knock on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat to PDFL Premier Division rivals AFC Stanground.
The Vikings never got out of first gear, barely stringing more than three passes together all game, and looked massively off the pace. Stanground opened the scoring after the home side conceded a very weak corner, and then failed to clear their lines after being given two opportunities to do so.
The Vikings did however give themselves a life line, James Duffy superbly converted a free kick from 18 yards after Jobi Froud had been brought down when he was one-on-one with the Stanground keeper.
However the equaliser was as good as it got for the Vikings, two minutes after half time Duffy cancelled out the good work of the first half by receiving a second yellow card leaving Langtoft with 10 men and 43 minutes still to play.
Stanground made the Vikings pay and dominated the second half, scoring two goals without much difficultly.
Vikings manager Ryan Hunnings said: “It was a horrible performance by us today, they outplayed us from the first whistle to the final whistle, we just never got going.
“They seemed hungrier all over the field. I wouldn’t say anyone won their individual battles this week and we made some silly mistakes, hopefully it’s just a blip but we’ve got a lot of work to do this week.”
Langtoft are without a game at the weekend, the next match they play will be the cup semi-final at home to Stamford Lions on March 26. While the Lions play a division lower than the Vikings they are soaring at the top of the league and will be formidable opponents.
Langtoft United Reserves did not fare any better as they took a 7-0 hammering away to Moulton Harrox Reserves in the PDFL Division One, the same league at Stamford Lions.
Vikings Reserves are bottom of the table, while the first team sit in ninth in the Premier Division, just edging into the top half of the table.
Langtoft United: Andrew Isabell, Nick Harrold (Eddy Zacarias), Dan Jarman, Daryl Toddy (Naquan Smith), Nathan Fryar, Steven Colangelo, Keishon Wilson, Jobi Froud, James Duffy, Ben Moore, Joe Dobson subs unused Nino Nuzzo and Sam Thompson