Langtoft United win A15 derby against young Deeping Reserves
Three goals in less than 15 minutes either side of half-time saw Langtoft United take the derby spoils with a 3-1 win against Deeping Rangers Reserves on Saturday.
The victory saw Langtoft move up to 7th in the PDFL Premier Division and avenge August’s 4-3 defeat at Deeping.
Deeping’s largely youthful side were the better team for the first 30 minutes at Manor Way and Langtoft keeper Robbie Virgin had to tip away a shot bound for the top corner.
Shortly afterwards Deeping were in front when a player was left unchallenged in the box and swept home from 15 yards.
The goal seemed to be the kick-start Langtoft needed and they began to build pressure as the half drew to a close.
Jobi Froud gave notice of his threat when he burst through on the right, only for play to be halted as the referee dealt with a scuffle in the centre circle.
Minutes later, Ben Porter played Froud in again and he fired a perfectly placed shot beyond veteran Deeping keeper Lee Peacock, for his third goal in two games.
In injury-time, Langtoft nearly grabbed a second goal that their first-half performance did not deserve, but Peacock got across to smother Porter’s quickly taken free kick.
Langtoft started the second half where they had left off, and within eight minutes of the restart had effectively killed off the game.
On 50 minutes, Dan Evans seized on a defensive error and burst through, only to be brought down by the sprawling Peacock. The striker picked himself up and slotted the penalty home.
Three minutes later, Calum Parker, a star turn for Langtoft this season after joining from Deeping in the summer, made it three with a great strike into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Deeping heads might have been down at this point, but they refused to give up and nearly found a way back into the game midway through the half when a shot crashed off the top of the bar.
Langtoft nearly grabbed a fourth but Mark Hynes’ shot was somehow diverted to safety with Peacock grounded.
Langtoft manager Phil Gadsby said: “Saturday was as poor as I’ve seen us play in the opening 30 minutes and Deeping deservedly took the lead. That seemed to spur us into life a bit and we upped it that much-needed couple of levels.
“Overall I think we deserved to win the game but even when going two goals down, Deeping continued to battle and try to cause us problems.
“There were some really good individual displays but Jobi Froud was excellent.
“His goal against the run of play got us back into it when we probably shouldn’t have had anything to show for our first half performance.
“He’s been working hard and training really well so it just shows what you can do with the extra bit of desire.”