It was a familiar story for Langtoft United on Saturday as they played some excellent football in the first half against Coates Athletic, but failed to capitalise and ended up sliding to another defeat.
A 2-1 defeat against one of the pre-season favourites for the PDFL Premier Division title is no disgrace, but once again the Vikings were left ruing missed chances.
Rhys Ford came closest to opening the scoring for Langtoft when his shot from 20 yards hit the underside of the bar and bounced to safety.
Coates went in front just before half-time when the ball was swept home after a long free-kick into the box.
Langtoft felt they had played some of their best football of the season in the first half, but were unable to replicate it after the break.
There were few chances at either end, but Coates sealed victory with about 20 minutes left when a corner was misjudged by the Langtoft defence and went straight in.
The Vikings grabbed a consolation goal with four minutes left when substitute Leigh Sharp drove the ball home at the far post with his first touch.
The result leaves Langtoft in 13th place after seven matches, but they have already played the current top three and five of the top seven in what has been a tough start to their debut Premier Division season.
Manager Phil Gadsby said: “It’s the same old story at the minute. We don’t take advantage when we are on top in games and ultimately get punished.
“Switching off has cost us yet again today. The disappointing thing from my perspective is, apart from the ICA game, we haven’t played badly or been outplayed this season. We have got a very young, very capable squad who need to learn from the mistakes being made, but we’ll get there.”
Meanwhile, a depleted Langtoft Reserves side secured a win on the road at Whittlesey Blue Star.
Goals from strikers Moddy Santaniello and John Armstrong saw them to a 2-1 victory and their second win of the season.
The reserves have endured a torrid start to their first season in PDFL Division One, losing five of their first six games before Saturday’s win and conceding 32 goals.
Manager James Dainty also departed last month, with Ben Martin stepping into the void.
But, just like the first team, the reserves have already played five of the current top seven, and will be looking to use Saturday’s victory as a platform for better results ahead.