FOOTBALL: Stubborn Bels finally broken by Langtoft

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LANGTOFT’s victory against Stamford Bels on Saturday wasn’t as clear cut as the 3-1 scoreline might suggest.

Bels made United work all the way for their three points and it the Stamford side that struck first, scoring in the opening ten minutes. The away side broke quickly and Paul Cramp rounded Langtoft keeper Robbie Virgin to slide home Bels’ first goal of the season.

United responded with good, positive football but found a stubborn Bels backline tough to break down until just before half-time when a long throw from Andy Ellis was headed home by Phil Gadsby.

Ellis, Chris Joiner and Dan Jarman all had chances after the break but it was not until the 70th minute that Ellis managed to find a way through, dribbling past several players before firing in from edge of the box.

Tom Glindon sealed the win with Langtoft’s third as Bels began to tire late on.

Langtoft boss Ben Martin said: “Local derbies are always hard and Bels worked their socks off.

“We did not play our best football but the main thing is that we the three points. We must improve for Saturday’s game at King’s Lynn.”

The result makes it two wins from two matches for Langtoft in the Peterborough and District League’s First Divisin this season. Bels are still looking for their first point after two games.

Langtoft’s game away against King’s Lynn Reserves kicks off at 2pm.

Stamford Bels face Sutton Bridge United away on Saturday.