Lincolnshire County Football Association – County Sunday Cup Semi Final:
Rustons United’s dreams of reaching the final of this year’s competition were dashed today when they were comprehensively beaten 5-0 by Holbeach United, thus bringing to an end hopes that our League would have a representative side in the final. Congratulations are due to United for flying the flag for the League in getting to this advanced stage of the competition.
Kelly Read Cup – Round One
Bassingham Bugle Horn FC hosted Railway Inn AFC today after last week’s game was abandoned due to a serious injury. The home side ran out 5-2 and now look forward to a trip to Premier Division side Scothern United in the second round at the end of the month.
It is always disappointing, and frustrating, for players and Referee’s to turn out on a Sunday morning only to find that the game is called off due to opponents not bothering to turn up. Unfortunately that happened to Rustons Sports FC today when their players turned up for a home game against near neighbours Lincoln Moorlands but Moorlands had only 5 players in attendance resulting in the game being postponed. This is the second time that this team have been unable to fulfil a fixture on the day of a game and Manager Keiran Fox wishes to apologise to all the Ruston’s players and the Match Official for the fact that several of his players let their club down on the day by failing to turn up for the game. The points have been awarded to Ruston Sports in accordance with rule and the matter will be dealt with by the League Management Committee.
The points award sees Sports close the gap on leaders New Swan FC who themselves were without a fixture today. Ivy Tavern maintained their 100% League record today courtesy of a hat-trick of penalties awarded to them in their away fixture against 10 men Welton Sports AFC. The first penalty kick was saved by the Welton keeper but he was unable to keep out the next 2 which saw the visitors take maximum points with a 2-0 win. Great credit must be given to Welton Sports who only had 10 players on the day but they turned up and all gave a great account of themselves – well done to them for that.
Scothern Village Hall was the place for an entertaining game today when home side Scothern United played out an 8 goal thriller with Travellers Rest. Both teams took a share of the points in a 4-4 draw. The final game in the division saw Newton United move further away from the bottom of the League thanks to a 2-1 win at home to mid-table Metheringham FC.
Leaders Gatehouse FC enjoyed a good win at Hykeham Memorial, winning the game 5-0 and this took their already impressive goal difference to plus 59.. Second placed Saxilby Athletic kept them in sight with a 3-0 away win at bottom of the table AFC Harpars, and Welton FC move up to third spot with a 4-2 win at home to second from bottom St Helens FC. The remaining 2 games were both scoring draws with Lincoln Imp dropping a place to fourth spot after their 2-2 draw against ever improving Trent Valley FC, and AFC Lincoln Green’s 3-3 draw against Horncastle Town proving to be an entertaining game down at Fen Lane.
With the top two teams playing against each other today in the Kelly Read cup today it was an opportunity for the chasing pack to make progress in the League table. FVA Jerusalem moved into third spot courtesy of 6-2 away win at Greenbank FC, this being the home sides second consecutive defeat at home by a 6-2 score line. Waddington United moved up to fourth position in the table after a 2-1 home win over Newton United Reserves, and Red Lion Dunston took maximum points from their trip to Coleby by returning home with a 2-1 victory against Crows Athletic. This result moves Red Lion up to 6th position which represents an excellent recovery for a team that were struggling to get 11 players for games at the start of the season.
With leaders Wragby FC sitting at home today without a fixture second placed Shakespeare Athletic closed the gap with a 2-0 victory at home to Ingleby Arms FC (Marton). Third placed Cherry Willingham maintained their recent excellent run of form thanks to a 4-2 win away at Fox & Hounds FC and Dynamo Varsity remain fourth after a 4-0 win at home to bottom of the table Lincoln RNA. North Lindum Hawks enjoyed a 6-1 win at Branston against home side HBW United and Turks Head took all 3 points in their away game which was actually played at their home ground today courtesy of a 2-1 victory. Credit goes to both sides for switching the fixture at last minute due to a waterlogged pitch out at Newtoft.
AFC Golden Eagle remain on top of the division after their resounding 7-1 win today at home to Railway Inn United, and Coningsby FC move up to second place following their 6-1 home win over 10 man FVA Jerusalem Reserves. Again I give credit to FVA for turning up and playing their game with a short compliment of players on the day. Hykeham Athletic move up a place to fourth place after their 4-1 win away at second from bottom The Shed FC and Saxilby Sports AFC occupy fifth spot in the table after their 1-1 draw away at Nosey FC.