Kelly Read Cup
Today saw the semi finals of the competition take place to establish who will be taking their place in the final at Sincil Bank on Monday 8th May 2017.
Cup holders Metheringham FC visited Division Two side Waddington United looking to make it 3 finals on the trot in this competition and they did exactly that with a comprehensive 7-1 victory.
Another Division Two side, Bassingham Bugle Horn FC, fared much better and pulled off what was arguably the result of the day when they defeated Premier Division side Newton United by 3-2 out at South Clifton.
Bassingham Bugle Horn FC are having a tremendous season in their division and a Cup Final appointment with holders Metheringham FC on Monday 8th May should produce a game that will be very well worth watching.
League leaders New Swan visited Scothern United and returned home with maximum points thanks to a 4-3 win. Scothern certainly competed and contributed to an entertaining game and after their problems recently with being able to muster enough players to get a team out they are to be congratulated on running the leaders close, by score line at least.
Ruston Sports FC completed a 6-0 victory against bottom of the table Welton Sports AFC to move up to 3rd place in the table with their nearest rivals not in League action today.
The top two teams continued their pursuit for the title today with leaders Gatehouse FC overcoming the challenge of a visit to Old Boys United by returning with a 4-1 victory whilst second placed Saxilby Athletic were also away, in their case at Horncastle Town where they secured a 3-1 win. Although there is still a lot of football left in this division it may prove ironic that the these two teams play each other on the last day of the season and it appears that one of them will be the champions elect but who knows at this stage which one that will be? Gatehouse clearly hold the advantage right now as they lead the division by 2 points and have 2 games in hand on their nearest rivals but that last game of the season could yet prove pivotal.
AFC Plough continued their excellent run of form today with an impressive looking 6-1 victory away at Hykeham Memorial FC, a result which now sees them sitting third in the table. Just below them are Welton FC, who were without a fixture today and then in fifth position after today are Trent Valley who defeated AFC Lincoln Green 3-1. At the other end of the table the bottom two teams played each other and it was visitors AFC Harpars who bagged all 3 points from their visit to St Helens FC to put a little bit of daylight between themselves and the bottom position. Horncastle Town went down as mentioned above which leaves the two Horncastle based teams both locked on 15 points each having both played 18 games. Horncastle occupy third from bottom spot with neighbours Harpars just below them.
With leaders Bassingham Bugle Horn FC securing their place in the Kelly Read Cup Final today it gave second placed FVA Jerusalem the chance to topple them in pole position in the division. They were away at lowly Red Lion Dunston however the home side came out on top with a 3-2 victory to move themselves up a place away from the relegation slots. Bardney FC dropped into second from bottom position in the table after their 0-3 home defeat to bottom side Lincoln High Street FC. High Street had only managed one League win all season up until last weekend and now they have put together back to back wins for the first time this season. Greenbank FC lifted themselves up to fourth spot with a 1-0 home win over Newton United Reserves whilst the remaining game saw Plough Sturton travel to Crows Athletic where they returned home with a 2-0 win to their credit.
This division has appeared to be a two horse race for some time now and both teams at the top keep winning relentlessly. Today leaders Wragby FC did their title hopes a power of good returning from a potentially tricky looking fixture away at Cherry Willingham but a 3-1 win was just what the Doctor ordered from their point of view. This results sees Cherry remain in fourth spot. Second placed Shakespeare Athletic recorded a similar score line with a 3-1 win at home to Turks Head. Dynamo Varsity remain in third position after their 7-0 demolition of HBW United and North Lindum Hawks registered an excellent 4-3 away win at Newtoft Terriers, a result which sees them remain in fifth spot in the table. The final game today saw Fox & Hounds FC win 4-0 at home to Ingleby Arms (Marton) FC.
With leaders Broadley FC without a fixture today it there was a blockbuster of a game at Coningsby where the home side and visitors AFC Golden Eagle had the chance to make up ground in the challenge for the title. The game went the way of the home side, Coningsby FC, who recorded a fine 4-1 win to complete the League double over their opponents with both victories coming within 2 weeks of each other. Today’s result saw Coningsby return to the top of the table once again in a title race that promises to be one of the closest in all of our Leagues. Hykeham Athletic lost ground in their efforts to challenge the leaders today when they went down 2-1 to Fred Quibell Cup Finalists Birchwood United at Birchwood Leisure Centre. This result sees Athletic now sitting in fourth position in the table some 7 points behind the leaders with the same amount of games played. Saxilby Sports AFC moved up to fifth spot with a slender 1-0 win at home to AFC West End, whilst The Shed FC seem to have finally found a winning formula and that continued today thanks to a 2-0 away win at FVA Jerusalem Reserves. Nosey FC also enjoyed a victory today with their 2-1 home success against Railway Inn United FC.