Moulton Harrox maintained their fine start to the season by edging out Langtoft United in an eight-goal thriller.
Not for the first time there were plenty of goals in a match involving the Vikings.
But again they ended up on the wrong side of the scoreline having led in the game.
Langtoft came from behind at Manor Way on Saturday to lead 3-2 midway through the second half and they looked on course for a notable scalp.
However a combination of Moulton’s experience at Peterborough and District League Premier Division level and some ragged Langtoft defending saw the game get away from the Vikings in the last 20 minutes as they lost 5-3.
Langtoft had fallen behind after 20 minutes when a free-kick into their box was met by Bobby Patterson. His header was tipped on to the bar by Vikings’ debutant keeper Nick Williams but Moulton’s Ian Bradbury, who went on to claim a hat-trick, poked home the rebound.
Within 30 seconds of the restart Langtoft were level. Dan Morris and Dan Evans combined well before the former calmly slotted the ball past the onrushing keeper.
Moulton went back in front in somewhat fortunate circumstances when a ball into the box hit a divot and looped past defender Adam Sparkes and put them in.
Morris wasted an opportunity to equalise before half-time but made amends early in the second period when he nodded in substitute Rhys Ford’s cross at the far post.
And Langtoft went in front shortly afterwards when Sam Thompson seized on a misplaced Moulton pass and set up Ford to beat the keeper at the near post.
At that point the game was there to be won and chances came and went before the game swung back Moulton’s way.
Williams made two excellent saves to keep Langtoft in front before Moulton equalised with a 20-yard shot that reared up and past the diving keeper.
Moulton took advantage of some sloppy play by the home team in the middle of the park to edge in front minutes later.
In a feisty ending to the game, Moulton’s Ben Allen was sent off for questioning the impartiality of the Langtoft linesman in colourful terms before the visitors sealed victory with a fifth goal when Langtoft failed to clear a cross.
Langtoft manager Phil Gadsby said: “We deservedly trailed at half-time. Usually we start games really well but we were slow out of the blocks.
“The second half was a massive improvement and if we’d managed to convert our chances when we were on top, it would have been game over.
“Unfortunately some of our defending was appalling and in the end we gifted them the three points.
“It’s frustrating at the minute as we can’t get any sort of run going but I’m confident in the squad we have here that we’ll turn a corner and start to move up the table.”