All games commenced at 11.05 am today in order to allow all participants to be able to observe the 2 minutes silence in respect for the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.
Ron Eaglen Cup – Round Two
I start this week with a “nearly but not quite” story from the Swan derby. Fourth Division side Swanpool FC entertained their illustrious near neighbours, New Swan FC, from the Premier Division, at Skellingthorpe Road and few would have predicted that a 7 goal thriller would have been decided by just one goal. Horry, Bentley, and Humberston all netted for the lower division team but 2 goals from Halton and goals from Davies and Schofield saved the blushes on the day for the Premier Division team with New Swan taking the game 4-3.
Perhaps the tie of the round on paper was at Bath Road Bracebridge Heath where AFC Golden Eagle played host to Lincoln Moorlands/Railway FC. With both teams currently placed in the top three of the Division this one always looked to be a tight affair that could go either way. It was the visitors who took a first half lead through Mettam but goals from Bark and Omelia turned things around for the Eagle boys and it was they who ensured that their interests in the League’s Premier Cup competition remained intact by winning the game 2-1.
A brace apiece for Bridge and Wilkinson plus a goal from Dimaline ensured that Anglers FC earned the bragging rights in their Saxilby derby against Saxilby Athletic. A Poole penalty for Athletic would prove little consolation in the after match drinks in the village as Anglers won the game 5-1.
Highest scorers on the day were Hykeham Town TRFC who rattled in 7 goals away at Trent Valley. A hat-trick from Murphy, 2 goals from Foster, plus solo efforts from Mehta and Burley were far too much for Trent who registered a penalty from Bee in reply.
Welton Manor Park provided 8 goals for those watching as the home side, Welton FC, had Parkinson, Ward, and Atkinson on the score sheet against Fox & Hounds FC. Fox had ideas of their own however and goals from Shields (2), Dales, Greig, and a screamer from Doughty, saw the visitors progress courtesy of a 5-3 win.
Rustons United returned from South Clifton with a 4-1 win to their name after goals from Drabble, Crane, and Skepper saw them go into the break leading 3-1 against Newton United. The home side’s goal came from Leedle. A second half goal from Skepper, his second of the game, ensured that any potential banana skin for the Premier Division side was well and truly averted.
Hobson scored both goals for his side, Old Boys United, when they visited Hykeham Social FC and a clean sheet gave the Old Boys a tidy win. Plough Sturton FC also registered a 2-0 win, theirs coming at home against North Lindum Hawks courtesy of an own goal and a strike from Light.
The draw for the third round of the competition sees AFC Golden Eagle at home to New Swan FC, Anglers FC entertain Hykeham Town TRFC, Fox & Hounds FC have home advantage against Plough Sturton FC, and Rustons United travel to Old Boys United. Those games will be played on 9th December 2018.
There were no League games played in either the Premier Division or Division One of the League due to the Cup games played today. In Division Two AFC Rustons took full advantage of their game by defeating Dunston FC 6-0 and in doing so returned to the top of the table as leaders Old Boys United were in Cup action. The Ruston’s goalscorers were Reid (2) and Duggan during the first half, plus second half goals from Duggan (his second of the game), Sampson and Pattern.
Coningsby FC’s game sounds to have been a lively affair when they visited Nettleham FC at Mulsanne Park. Nettleham went ahead through Park but two first half goals from Nixon put the visitors in front at the interval. Kerrigan equalised for the home side but 3 red cards followed before O’Biern and Ribeiro secured the points for the team from Coningsby. Coningsby would have been top of this Division tonight but a League decision to deduct 3 points from their points total after they were found to have played an ineligible game in September, a game that they won, means that they currently now sit in fourth place.
Leaders Morning Star recorded a 2-0 win away at Lincoln RNA courtesy of second half goals from Drury and Crampton, a result which sees Star maintain their impressive start to the Season. The Sports Bar now sit in second place following their 3-2 home win against bottom of the table Stacey West FC. Jamison, Holvey, and an own goal did the trick against Stacey West, who recorded goals from Ross and Ballam in reply.
Congratulations go to Nosey FC who recorded their first League win of the Season, and in doing so registered their first points of the Season, following their excellent 3-0 win at Ruskington Lions. A first half goal from Hardboard set them on their way and 2 second half goals from Cornwall made the day for the Lincoln based team who have struggled a little so far this Season.
Ruston Sports FC and Broadley FC shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Ruston Marconi Sports Ground. Mann was on target for the home side with Foss getting the goal for the visitors.
Railway Inn United remain the only side credited with a 100% League playing record after their 9-0 crushing victory today away at Green Dragon. Lilley lead the way by knocking in 4 goals whilst Smith was one goal behind him with a hat-trick of his own. Clark and Zablockyj also got in on the act to keep the Railway’s title hoped firmly on track.
Bottle & Glass had started the week in top spot but an admin blunder resulted in a League enforced 3 point deduction from their playing record which knocked them off top spot in the table. Goals from Gray and Stocks (each with 2) plus individual goals from Cameron, Buchanan, White and Wood, saw them register 8 goals in an 8-0 win at home to HBW United. Despite the emphatic final score line they lead by just a solitary goal at the half time break. Bottle & Glass are currently in second position 3 points behind new leaders Crown & Arrows who themselves notched up a 3-1 win away at The Ferryboat FC. Berry, Bush, and Hewson all found the net for the Crown to keep their impressive start to the Season looking in good shape.
AFC West End have crept up to third place with a steady start to the campaign and they registered their fourth win in 7 starts today thanks to 2 goals from Totton, both in the second half, of their game at home to The Shed FC. 2-0 the score in that game.
M.H.Blue Lion were well pleased with their efforts on the day following their hard fought 2-1 win away at FVA Jerusalem Reserves. Maszyr fired the Lion in front only for the home side to equalise after a sustained spell of pressure. Wilkinson won the game for the visitors with a fine lob with about 20 minutes to go and the Lions held on to record their third win of the Season.