Rustons United 3-0 Welton Sports AFC. After a goal-less first half Raby hit 2 goals in the second period and a goal from Drabble gave the hosts a comfortable win against a Welton side who have recorded some impressive results of late. The win keeps Rustons right in the mix of things in third place whilst the defeat for Welton, only their second in the League this Season, sees them in the lower half of the table with 12 points from their opening 8 games.
Anglers FC v Hykeham Memorial FC (postponed). Unfortunately this game was postponed on the day due to Hykeham Memorial being unable to raise a side. The points have been awarded to Anglers in accordance with rule and they remain in fourth place in the League some 5 points behind Leaders Hykeham Town TRFC, and just 3 points behind second placed Lincoln Moorlands/Railway FC.
FVA Jerusalem 7-3 Wishing Well Cherry FC. FVA closed the gap on leaders Trent Valley after an entertaining game which was full of goals at Monson Park. A hat-trick from Stanney, a brace from Forbes, and individual goals from Russell and Wilson proved too much for the visitors, whose goals from Whitlam (2) and a Peckham penalty, could only reduce the size of the home team’s win on the day. FVA are now just 2 points behind the leaders but have played 2 games more.
Fox & Hounds FC 0-2 Welton FC. Goals from Spencer and Luther for the visitors proved the difference between these two sides resulting in an excellent away victory for a Welton side who are very capable of beating anybody on their day. This result means that there is now just one point between the two sides with Fox and Hounds sitting in fourth place in the League with Welton just one place behind them. Fox do have 2 games in hand on most of the teams around them however.
North Lindum Hawks 1-1 Bassingham Bugle Horn FC. After both teams drew a blank during the first half, Osbourne hit the goal for the visitors after the break in a game that saw the points shared as the game finished one apiece. The point for Bassingham lifted them off the foot of the table as they relegated Wragby FC into that position on goal difference.
AFC Rustons 4-0 Hykeham Social FC. AFC Rustons returned to the top of the table after a 4-0 win at home to Hykeham Social FC. Harper hit a couple of goals, with Dougan and Reid also getting on the score-sheet for the home side. With Plough Sturton starting the day at the top of the table but being without a game it is now Rustons who head the division and who look very well placed going into the second half of the Season with their unbeaten League record still intact.
Old Boys United 2-4 Saxilby Athletic. 2 goals from Beaumont and strikes from Dernley and Cavill gave Saxilby Athletic the perfect Christmas gift when they visited Old Boys United. Goals from Hobson and Sewell for the home side could not prevent their visitors from leaving with all 3 points. Saxilby climb to 8th place whilst Old Boys remain unchanged in 6th place in the table.
Lincoln RNA 0-4 Horncastle Town. Horncastle Town consolidated their position in the top four of the table after goals from Timmins, Cheetham, Close, and Lydiatt gave them a comfortable win away at Lincoln RNA.
Queen Athletic 3-2 Nosey FC. A brace from Parkinson and a goal from Marklew for Queen Athletic saw them get over the line at home to Nosey FC by the odd goal in 5. Brown and an own goal were the Nosey scorers. Queen sit in 5th position in the table whilst Nosey sit one place off the bottom on goal difference from Stacey West FC.
Shakespeare Imps 2-0 Stacey West FC. Kiska and Tomas hit the goals for Imps to record a home victory over Stacey West. This result moved the Imps up to 6th position in the table leaving their opponents on the day at the foot of the table on goal difference behind Nosey FC.
Bottle & Glass 2-3 Swanpool FC. Goals from Stocks and Wright for the Scothern based team were not enough to prevent a home defeat against in form Swanpool FC team. The visitors had Bentley, Stokes, and Maplethorpe to thank for their goals in an impressive win against the team that started the day in second spot behind leaders Crown & Arrows. This result sees Swanpool now occupying second spot with Bottle & Glass slipping down to third in a division that is guaranteed to see plenty of twists between now and the end of the Season, particularly as there is a team boasting a 100% league record currently sitting behind the top four teams who have played less games due to their runs in all of the various cup competitions. They, for sure, will have plenty of influence about the League placings at the end of April.
Crown & Arrows 4-2 The Ferryboat FC. Leaders Crown & Arrows secured the points thanks to a brace from Bush, plus goals from Nelson and Hewson when they entertained The Ferryboat at Moorland Avenue. They now lead the division by 4 points from Swanpool FC in second place. I say again though watch out for Railway Inn United in fourth place when they get their League run on track after their distractions in the domestic cup competitions.
Green Dragon 2-5 FVA Jerusalem Reserves. 2 goals from Ivanov couldn’t prevent Green Dragon from going down 2-5 at home to FVA Jerusalem Reserves. A result that sees the visitors up to 5th place in the table, leaving the Dragon in 10th place.
All in all it looks a tremendously exciting run-in for honours in this division between now and the end of the Season. Keep your eye on this one!
May I wish all of our readers a very Happy and Healthy New Year.