Langtoft pay for mistakes

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Farcet Utd 2 - 2 Langtoft Utd

LANGTOFT United manager Ben Martin had demanded a vast improvement from his side following their 3-0 defeat at Hampton a week earlier, and for 82 minutes he wasn’t disappointed at Farcet on Saturday.

After just two minuets Chris Joiner fired home from close range to give Langtoft the lead and they added number two on 20 minuets when Tom Smith volleyed home after neat work from Phil Gadsby, Tony Wooding and Tom Glindon.

Two up at half time, Langtoft looked comfortable and with Andy Ellis back in the side should have easily put the game out of reach of their hosts.

However, with eight minuets remaining, a long ball over the top caught the defence square and Farcet pulled a goal back. Then, with the last kick of the game, the home side levelled, capitalising on a bad defensive mistake.

Langtoft boss Martin said: “We have again shot ourselves in the foot with silly mistakes.

“We looked a bit better this week but we have to work on our defence to be a top side we have to stop conceding silly goals.”

Langtoft United: Robbie Virgin, Jordan Avis, Andrew Ellis, Tom Glindon, Jason Gough, Daniel Jarman, Chris Joiner, Calum Parker, Thomas Smith, Adam Sparkes Robbie Virgin Tony Wooding. Subs: Phil Gadsby, Luke Newbold.

Langtoft Utd Res 3

Oakham Utd Res 3

LANGTOFT United Reserves opened their season by salvaging a draw from a hard game against an Oakham reserves side packed with a mix of experience and youth.

United started brightly and edged the first 15 minutes but Oakham struck first when a lobbed cross beat goalkeeper Josh Jibb after 20 minutes.

The visitors doubled their lead when the Langtoft keeper cleared the ball from the edge of his area to the half way line only for an Oakham player to hit a spectacular shot into the goal.

The hosts pulled one back with Callum Fox firing home but on the stroke of half time, Oakham again to go inat the break 3-1 up.

Langtoft manager Andy Wild rang the changes in the second half, bringing on Phil Barker and Ollie Finding, and this paid off. Dan Morris worked his way through the defence to score, and with ten minutes remaining, Craig Chamberlian levelled.

Langtoft Chairman Barry woodthorpe said: “Both teams were a credit to the league it was a game you would pay to see.

“Oakham are a very good side and a draw was the right result as no team deserved to lose.

“We will not play a better side. I’m well proud of our boys today.”

Langtoft United Reserves: John Armstrong, Paul Attfield, Craig Chamberlain, Rob Cope, Callum Fox, Daniel Morris, Leigh Sharp, Joe Stewart, Jamie Thurston, Martin Tooth, Josh W-Jibb. Subs: Phillip Barker, James Duffy, Oliver Finding, Harry Shattock.