Langtoft United were beaten 2-0 in the PDFL Premier Divsion on Saturday by Pinchbeck United - their second win over the home side in as many weeks.
The Vikings started brightly and Tony Wooding could have had a hat-trick in the first 10 minutes, with three long range efforts that narrowly missed with the keeper stranded.
Up the other end the home defence started strongly and battled hard against a very good Pinchbeck forward line, and looked very comfortable, even without their usual centre half pairing of Dan Jarman and Steven Slack.
Although a lapse in the defence would be the cause of the breakthrough, Pinchbeck swung a cross in from the right, Jarman rose and headed clear but a miscommunication within the back line allowed the ball to bounce and fall to Daniel Woods who bundled the ball past Andrew Isabell in the Langtoft goal.
Langtoft looked strong on the counter and searched for an equaliser before the break but couldn’t find a way through a Pinchbeck defence that hadn’t conceded in five games.
The one moment of note in the second half was a penalty decision that decided the game. Daryl Todd a stand in for the suspended Slack was adjudged to have brought Woods down in the Langtoft box.
The decision looked harsh as it looked like the home defender got a lot of the ball before contact with the striker, Nicholas Bishop stepped up and powered the ball into the roof of the net.
Langtoft manager Ryan Hunnings said: “It was a good game, I think first half we showed what we’re all about and gave a good account of ourselves.
“I think it was a competitive game against two very evenly matched sides, unfortunately the luck was with them this week.
“Firstly with the opening goal, Daryl and Jarman hadn’t played together before today and looked very comfortable but there is always going to be slight lapses in a new partnership, and the second goal looked like a very soft penalty, Daryl got lots of the ball.
“It was good to see we’ve still got that battling spirit, but we now need to reintroduce the energy that was the main catalyst to our good start.”
Langtoft United: Andrew Isabell, Cory Rose, Dan Jarman, Daryl Todd, James Duffy (Adam Banda), Steven Colangelo, Callum Fox (Nathan Fryar), Ben Moore (Connor Goodon), Dan Morris (Capt), Tony Wooding, Joe Dobson Unused: Nino Nuzzo