Langtoft write another chapter into their history books with cup win
Langtoft United reached the semi-finals of the PFA Senior Cup for the first time in their history with a dramatic victory at Pinchbeck United on Saturday.
Having been deadlocked at 2-2 after 90 minutes, the sides went straight to penalties - and it was Langtoft who triumphed 5-4 in the shoot-out.
Vikings keeper Andrew Isabell was the hero as he saved three penalties, sparking scenes of jubilation from the travelling contingent.
There was also relief at finally getting the job done as Langtoft had not only led 2-0 in normal time but also 2-0 in the shoot-out as Isabell saved Pinchbeck’s first two efforts.
Darryl Todd and James Duffy both missed chances to seal the encounter for Langtoft before a third Isabell save created the opportunity for Dan Jarman to slot home the winning kick.
Goals by Duffy and Joe Dobson had seen Langtoft into a 2-0 half-time lead but they found themselves pegged back in the second half as they struggled for territory against a strong wind.
Pinchbeck reshuffled their pack tactically and their changes paid off as they drew level at 2-2 with 10 minutes remaining, only to be denied a second comeback in the shoot-out.
PDFL Premier Division Langtoft will face Division One high-flyers Stamford Lions at home in the semi-final.
They will compete for the right to face either Whittlesey Athletic or Peterborough ICA Sports in the showpiece final, expected to be at Peterborough United’s ground in May.
Meanwhile, Langtoft Reserves climbed off the bottom of PDFL Division One for the first time in months with a 3-2 victory at home to Oundle Town.
Goals from Lee Mills (2) and Cory Rose made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season for the beleaguered reserves, following a cup victory a week earlier.