Langtoft United secured a third successive home win with a superb display on Saturday to see off a determined Ryhall United side 2-0.
The victory moves the Vikings a step closer to promotion to the Peterborough League Premier Division, but the race looks like going right to the wire.
Langtoft set the tempo within the first minute when Sam Thompson latched onto a quick throw by Andy Ellis and drilled the ball across the face of goal.
The home side went in front on the half-hour mark when Jordan Avis went past his man on the right and rolled the ball into the path of Dan Evans, who turned home his 20th goal of the season.
A rare goal from Adam Sparkes just before half-time doubled Langtoft’s lead.
Sparkes scored at the back post from a corner after a host of players had missed the ball.
The second half saw Langtoft pinned back more and keeper Robbie Virgin produced a fine diving save to turn the ball over the bar from a fiercely struck Ryhall free-kick, and then held on to a well struck drive moments later.
Langtoft had the chance to finish the game off when Tony Wooding accelerated away from his man and squared the ball to Avis, but the midfielder saw his effort bounce back off the bar.
Ryhall continued to press for a goal but the Langtoft defence stood firm.
Meanwhile, Langtoft Reserves slipped to a third defeat in six games, going down 2-1 at Leverington Sports Reserves, but still lead Peterborough League Division Two.
Langtoft didn’t really get going until they had fallen 2-0 behind in the first 20 minutes, but in the end probably deserved a point from what was a full-blooded encounter.
Martin Tooth pulled a goal back midway through the first half and Leigh Sharp, Josh Bell and Ross Bell all went close in the second half.
As Langtoft pushed for an equaliser, Leverington won a penalty on the break in the last minute, but Andrew Isabell saved it.