Derby-day honours to Langtoft

MIXED FORTUNES: Action from Pinchbeck United's 1-1 draw at home to third-placed Netherton United in the Premier Division on Saturday when Oliver Maltby put the hosts into a first-half lead but was then sent off for a second bookable offence. Photos: STEVE RELF
MIXED FORTUNES: Action from Pinchbeck United's 1-1 draw at home to third-placed Netherton United in the Premier Division on Saturday when Oliver Maltby put the hosts into a first-half lead but was then sent off for a second bookable offence. Photos: STEVE RELF

Three goals in under 15 minutes either side of half-time saw Langtoft United take the derby spoils with a 3-1 win against Deeping Rangers Reserves on Saturday.

The victory took Langtoft up to seventh in the Peterborough & District League Premier Division and avenge August’s 4-3 defeat at Deeping.

Deeping’s largely youthful side were the better team for the first 30 minutes at Manor Way.

They went in front when Connor Pilbeam was left unchallenged in the box and he swept home from 15 yards.

Jobi Froud levelled with a perfectly-placed shot beyond veteran Deeping keeper Lee Peacock for his third goal in two games.

Langtoft started the second half where they had left off and within eight minutes of the restart had effectively killed off the game.

On 50 minutes, Dan Evans seized on a defensive error and burst through, only to be brought down by Peacock. The striker picked himself up and slotted the penalty home.

Three minutes later, Calum Parker, a star turn for Langtoft this season after joining from Deeping in the summer, made it three with a great strike into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Langtoft manager Phil Gadsby said: “Saturday was as poor as I’ve seen us play in the opening 30 minutes and Deeping deservedly took the lead. That seemed to spur us into life a bit and we upped it that much-needed couple of levels.

“Overall I think we deserved to win the game but even when going two goals down, Deeping continued to battle and try to cause us problems.

“There were some really good individual displays but Jobi Froud was excellent.

“His goal against the run of play got us back into it when we probably shouldn’t have had anything to show for our first-half performance.

“He’s been working hard and training really well so it just shows what you can do with the extra bit of desire.”