Langtoft finding their feet as they record back-to-back wins

Langtoft United in action against Uppingham Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-141014-115613001
Langtoft United in action against Uppingham Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-141014-115613001
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Langtoft United secured back-to-back wins for the first time in the Peterborough League Premier Division with a 5-2 victory at Uppingham Town.

The Vikings have not looked out of place in the top division since their promotion but have often struggled to convert performance into points.

Saturday’s first half performance wasn’t their slickest 45 minutes of the season, but they found themselves 2-1 up at the break after an own goal by Uppingham’s Jamie Binley and a Rhys Ford strike.

James Howe replied for Uppingham, who had keeper Tom Hubbard to thank for pulling off two fine saves to deny Langtoft’s Sam Thompson and Dan Evans.

Thompson wasn’t to be denied in the second half though, as he finished off a fine move to put Langtoft 3-1 up.

They went further in front when Calum Parker’s clearance upfield from inside his own half caught out Hubbard and bounced into the net.

Martin Turiccki pulled a second goal back for Uppingham with a superb free-kick from about 30 yards out from goal before Langtoft’s Jordan Avis completed the scoring.

The victory moved the Vikings up to 11th and with a run of five home games now ahead of them, starting with Leverington on Saturday, they will be hoping to build on their successive victories and move into the top half.

Things are not currently looking quite so bright for Langtoft Reserves, who slipped to a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to fellow Division One strugglers Warboys Town on Saturday.

Vikings manager Ben Martin was hampered by losing two players to injury in the first 10 and Langtoft rarely threatened the Warboys goal.

They face a tough trip to Ryhall on Saturday, having lost the reverse fixture 6-1 earlier in the season.