Today saw the second round matches of the Fred Quibell Junior Cup played with a quarter final game up for grabs for the winners. With every game featuring teams playing opponents from a different division it was always going to be interesting to see how the lower ranked teams fared against their higher division opposition. The answer to that was a conclusive “very well” with 7 of the 8 games being won by the team in the lower division.
Leading the way were fourth division Saxilby Sports AFC, who defeated second division Lincoln High Street FC 4-1 . AFC Golden Eagle, also from the fourth division, overcame the challenge of second division Greenbank FC 3-0 in another result which many would view as a shock. Birchwood United, another team that plays in division four of the League, produced an equally impressive result with their 3-1 victory away at third division Queen in the West FC. Shakespeare Athletic, from division three, triumphed 6-1 against division two side Plough Sturton, whilst another division three side, Turks Head, won 3-2 in Skellingthorpe against local team FVA Jerusalem. North Lindum Hawks, from division three, put Woodhall Spa United from division two out of the competition with an impressive 4-3 home win. Cherry Willingham maintained their excellent recent League form in the League by defeating Bardney FC 8-4, this being another third division team coming out on top against second division opposition. The last tie to mention saw Red Lion Dunston continue their recent revival with a comfortable 8-1 win against division four opponents Broadley FC up at Yarborough Leisure Centre.
The draw for the quarter final of the competition will take place tomorrow evening, 21st November, and the draw details will be published on the website tomorrow evening.
There were just two games played in the top division of the League today with the third falling victim to the weather.
League leaders Lincoln Moorlands crashed to a 0-7 defeat at Scothern United whilst Rustons United moved into second place with a 4-0 home win against Welton Sports AFC. Metheringham FC v Ivy Tavern was postponed following heavy overnight rain.
Welton FC returned to the top of this division today thanks to a comfortable 4-0 home win against Old Boys United. Saxilby Athletic climbed to third in the table courtesy of a 4-1 away success at AFC Lincoln Green. AFC Plough went goal crazy with a 10-1 home demolition of AFC Harpars and Trent Valley maintained their recent good form by inflicting the first League defeat of the season of Hykeham Memorial FC.
Leaders Railway Inn AFC defeated fourth placed Waddington United 5-3 out at Eagle whilst second placed Bassingham Bugle Horn FC lost their home game, and with it their 100% League start to the season, when they went down 1-2 to Crows Athletic.
Dynamo Varsity moved into third place in the table today thanks to a 2-0 away win at Fox & Hounds FC whilst the only other game in the division saw HBW United defeat Lincoln RNA 3-1.
The top two teams in this division were, until a League points deduction was made recently, Coningsby FC and Railway Inn United. These two teams came head to head today down at Fen Lane and it was Railway Inn United FC who took the spoils with a 6-0 win. In doing so they maintained their 100% League record making it 5 wins out of 5, and in doing so inflicted the first League defeat of the season on their visitors from Coningsby.
Hykeham Athletic recorded a 7-1 win away at the Blue Lion FC however the home side will probably view this result as quite a good one as it represents their lowest defeat of the season after they have scored just 6 goals and conceded 138 goals in their 9 League games played to date. The final game in this division saw AFC West End take all three points with a 2-0 away win at Nosey FC, a team with whom they share a pitch with so both teams would have felt at home in this game.