County Sunday Cup – Round Four
Today should have seen 7 of our League teams competing in the hopes of reaching the Quarter Finals of the competition however due to a number of factors only two of our sides actually managed to take to the pitch try to make their hopes a reality.
Lincoln Moorlands Railway turned in a 4 star performance when they entertained The Notts FC from the Grimsby Sunday League, a team who made it to the Cup Final last Season before losing to Holbeach United on the day. The Moors of course had already knocked out the current holders in a previous round so a win today would have really signalled the strength that they have this Season in this year’s competition and they didn’t disappoint.
2 goals from Ricky Smith and one a piece from George Asplin and Joe Butler did the trick with the visitors managing a consolation goal to give the Moors a 4-1 win that really was merited on the day.
Hykeham Memorial did not fare as well when they travelled to FC Genes. They went down 0-8 to end their interest in the Competition for this Season. All of the remaining ties that were due to be played today were postponed due to the weather in different parts of the County.
Runaway Leaders AFC Golden Eagle maintained their 100% League record with a 4-1 win away at Welton FC at Dunholme. Bassingham Bugle Horn FC continued their good progress this Season by recording a 2-0 home win over Wishing Well Cherry FC, a result which sees them climb to fourth spot in the table. Old Boys United are showing consistency these days having only lost once in 6 starts and their 6-2 win today against bottom of the table AFC Lincoln Green sees them move up into fifth spot. Wragby FC recorded a useful 2-1 home win against Railway Inn AFC and they now sit in seventh position, a rise of four places on their League position at the start of play.
Leaders St Helens FC extended their position at the head of the Division courtesy of 5-2 home win against Newton United Reserves. This result saw them maintain their 100% record after 6 starts during this campaign. The game of the day however appears to have been played at Laburnum Drive Cherry Willingham where the home side, Cherry Willingham, shared 14 goals with AFC Harpars in a 7-7 draw! Even more amazing is the fact that prior to kick off these two sides had the best defensive records for goals conceded in this Division. Cherry remain second in the League table but Waddington United are now hot on their heels as their 1-0 home win today thanks to a goal from Craig Mitchell in the 84th minutes against Coningsby FC sees them move up to fourth position in a Division that is congested and tight from second place down to eighth place. Plough Sturton are in that very group and today’s 2-1 home win against Heighington FC sees them averaging 2 points per game which is always a very healthy position to be in with less than a quarter of the Season played.
There were plenty of goals scored in this Division today with two sides hitting seven goals in their respective “goals for” columns.
There are new Leaders tonight with Birchwood United not playing today which enabled Queen in the West FC to take top spot which they did convincingly following a 7-2 victory at home to Newtoft Terriers. The Sports Bar crept up into second place after their narrow 3-2 home win against Lincoln RNA. Mareham United recorded their first League win of the Season with a 7-5 home win over Broadley FC, a result which sees the two teams exchange League positions with Broadley FC now sitting in the second to bottom placing. Railway Inn United occupy the bottom place and their cause was not helped today when they lost 1-6 at home to mid-table Queen Athletic.
Morning Star FC started the day on top of this Division and they remain there after they won 4-2 today at home to Shakespeare Imps. HBW United moved up to third place in the table after their 6-2 away win at bottom of the table Green Dragon and this represents excellent progress for the team who endured a difficult first Season in the League last year when most of their games then ended in defeat. Credit must go where credit is due and this Season’s League record of only 3 defeats in 9 League games is testament to how they have progressed. Another side who look to be “on the up” are Branston Homeguard. Today their excellent 3-1 victory away at Saxilby Sports was their fourth in eight starts and this inflicted only the second League defeat of the Season on the Saxilby based side.
The Shed FC will have enjoyed today immensely as they moved off the bottom of the table at the start of play thanks to a 4-2 away win at FVA Jerusalem Reserves, a team who started the day in fourth place in the Division and who now drop one place as a result of todays results.
Metheringham was the place for excitement and goals in this Division today as Metheringham Reserves and The Blue Lion FC shared 8 goals in a game that finished four apiece. The home side drop one place to ninth in the table whilst The Blue Lion FC remain in tenth position, however the progress of this team cannot be ignored when the table shows that they have acquired 7 League points from 9 League games so far this Season compared to zero points acquired last Season from their full allocation last time round of 22 League games.