Without a doubt the big game of the day in this Division was the game between Anglers FC and Rustons United at Mill Lane Saxilby. With both teams sitting in the top two positions and both still unbeaten in the League this Season victory for either side would have been a major boost as the end of the Season is now not so far away. A 2-2 draw today keeps the League on edge particularly with the return League game still to come. Anglers’ goals today came from James Taylor in the first half as the teams went into the break locked at 1-1. Michael Ward added a second half goal for the home side. The details of the Ruston’s scorers are not known.
Hykeham Town TRFC missed the opportunity to go second on the day when they went down 2-4 at home to resurgent New Swan FC. Dom Sibilski opened the scoring for the home side before they went into the interval 1-2 down. The visitors added to their lead in the second half before James Slater brought his side back into the game from the penalty spot. New Swan’s goals came from a J. Bark brace plus solo goals from J.Schofield and T.Scutt. This result sees Hykeham remain in third place whilst their visitors remain in sixth place in mid-table security.
Lincoln Moorlands/Railway’s Season has come off the tracks of late and today’s 3-5 defeat away at Metheringham was their fourth defeat in the last five games. Meg took the lead after 4 minutes when Ben Garrick found the net. Moors equalised on 31 minutes through Josh Langtry. Meg regained the lead straight after the break courtesy of Mike Atkinson only to see Moors level again when Ash Woodhall had the responsibility from the penalty spot. Meg took the lead for a third time in the 55th minute thanks to Miles Lynch who scored the first of what proved to be a hat-trick on the day. 10 minutes later and the Moors levelled the game for a third time courtesy of Jordan Waplington before Lynch struck in the 74th minute from the spot and then in the 82nd minute to give Meg the maximum points which sees them in 6th place in the League but now just a point behind the Moors who sit just one place above them in the table.
AFC Golden Eagle came out on the right side of a 3-2 win against Bassingham Bugle Horn FC today thanks to goals from Jack Higginson, Edward Brett, and Harvey Melladay, a result which sees them edge ever closer to a second successive championship in consecutive Seasons. For their part Bassingham kept with the leaders all the way in the first half with a goal of their own coming from Mark Walker to ensure that the contest was all square at half-time. In the second half a Bassingham goal from Jordan Johnson left the visitors falling just short but leaving the title challengers knowing that they had been in a game.
FVA Jerusalem moved up to fourth place after a 4-1 away win at Old Boys United. Reece Breakell scored for the home side but the scorers for FVA are not known.
Finally there was some long overdue good news for bottom side AFC Lincoln Green today when they drew 3-3 with Welton FC. The Green have endured a wretched Season and today’s draw was only their fifth point of the campaign. It should be acknowledged, with tremendous respect, that on many occasions this Season they have fulfilled their games with less than 11 players available on the day and I for one appreciate that they have fulfilled their games to enable all involved in their fixtures to enjoy a game of football when on many occasions it would have been easier to pick up the phone and call off. Their scorers today were Dan Goucher, Jamie Leeming, and Jacob Hindmarsh whilst the Welton goals were provided by Connor Cains (2) and Billy Coulson. I am sure that the boys from Lincoln Green will feel better this evening despite the fact that they remain firmly rooted at the bottom of the table, behind Old Boys United.
League leaders St Helens crashed 1-4 when they visited North Lindum Hawks today. The Hawks have games in hand as a result of their fine County Cup exploits this Season and if they maintain the consistency that they have shown so far this Season will certainly be in contention to top the League at the end of the Season. Papworth got the goal for St Helens but the details of the Hawks scorers have not been provided.
Cherry Willingham moved up to second place in the table after a resounding 4-1 win against the team that occupied second place at the beginning of the day, that team being Coningsby FC. Jake Mann, Mark Pitchford, Zac Shucksmith, and Jordan Taylor hit the mark for the boys from Cherry.
Plough Sturton remain fifth in the table after they shared 6 goals when they visited South Clifton and took on Newton United Reserves. It was a hat-trick from James Patching that did the damage for Plough, I have no idea who scored for the home side.
There was another six goal thriller at Horncastle when AFC Harpars and Shakespeare Athletic drew 3-3. The home side enjoyed the better of the first half as they lead 3-1 at the break with goals from Burn, Thompson, and Bodily but replies from Marshall with a brace and a goal from Shukla ensured that the points were shared. Harpars remain in sixth position and Shakespeare climb up to eighth place after securing this point.
The final game saw Heighington FC defeat Lincoln High Street FC 2-0.
Leaders Birchwood United returned home with the points from a potentially difficult looking fixture at Ruston Sports. Their 3-1 win kept them on the top of the pile thanks to goals today from Patrick Dougan, Karl Horry, and an own goal, with Sam Wade netting for the home side.
Nettleham FC moved up to second place in the table after another resounding win, this time a 6-0 away win at Lincoln RNA followed a goal-less first half. Second half goals from Bryan Skayman and Liam Hutchinson (each with two) plus solo efforts from Tom Parker and Joe Simpson did the trick to put the Nettles in a position to now really breath down the necks of the League leaders.
Queen Athletic moved up to fourth spot after a 3-1 win away at Broadley FC with goals from James Parkinson, Chris Moulds, and John Marklew.
There was just one game played in this Division today and this saw Green Dragon enjoy a 2-1 away win at The Blue Lion. Green Dragon move up to fifth place in the table whilst The Lion remain third from bottom.