Today saw the first games of 2018 after a period of weather that threatened to wash out a complete programme. Despite this only two games fell foul to the conditions in the league, and one in the County Cup.
With Anglers FC in county cup action, Rustons United FC took the opportunity to replace them at the top of the table with a fine 5-2 victory away at Newton United FC. 2 goals by Lee Skepper & 3 by Ben McDowell saw them ease past Newton who replied with goals by Joe Saxelby and Dave Smith. In the other games in the division Metheringham FC hammered New Swan FC 8-1 and Lincoln Moorlands Railway FC hit 5 without reply away at Saxilby Athletic FC.
Only one game fell foul of the conditions with the pitch at North Scarle between Railway Inn & Golden Eagle deemed unplayable by match referee Wayne Brown due to a frozen pitch. Wragby were the league’s top scorers today when they hit 9 away at AFC Lincoln Green with James Wills scoring 1 in return, Bassingham FC came back from being 2-1 down at half time to win 4-2, with 2 goals from Craig Dungate and 1 apiece from Jack Seaton & Jordan Johnson. The remaining game in the division saw Wishing Well Cherry FC hit 3 without reply against Old Boys FC.
Leaders St Helens FC came back from being 3-0 down at half time away at Cherry Willingham FC to draw 4-4 at full time with goals from Whitehouse, Harper & Papworth 2 earning them a draw, with the Cherry goals coming from Matheison 2, Taylor & Wells. Coningsby FC came away from their trip to AFC Harpers with all 3 points after a fine 4-0 victory with 3 goals coming from Charlie Stapleton and 1 from Stuart Thomson. In the other games Shakespeare Athletic won 4-3 away at Lincoln High Street and Waddington United lost at home to North Lindum Hawks 2-5. Dunston’s game against Plough Sturton was called off by match referee Ali Hayes due to a frozen pitch.
There were 3 games in division 3 today, Birchwood United defeated Queen Athletic 5-1, with 2 goals apiece by Chris Reid and Kye Collins and 1 by Nathan Reid. Queen Athletic’s consolation was scored by John Marklew. Queen In The West won 2-0 at home to Railway Inn United and the game between Ruston Sports FC & Mareham United ended up goal less.
There was a full programme in the division today with the game between AFC West End v Metheringham Reserves not being decided until stoppage time at the end of the game. AFC came from being 2-0 down to level at 2-2, then went behind again only to level again with the goals coming from Eddie Jacob and Dan Charles with 2, before finally conceding the game with another goal being scored for Metheringham Reserves in added time. Shakespeare Imps lost at home to FVA Jerusalem Reserves 1-2, & The Green Dragon beat The Blue Lion 4-3. Nosey FC came back from being 3-1 down at half time at home to Saxilby Sports FC to win 5-3 with 4 goals by Alex Mackinder and 1 by Josh Green in what was described as a great game with a good second half display by the Nosey lads despite the numerous formation changes taking place. In the final game of the division Morning Star FC won away at HBW United 3-1.
Anglers FC came back from being 1-0 down at half time to run out comfortable 6-1 winners away at Fosse Water in the County Cup. Anglers started well, taking the game to Fosse with several chances being missed before Fosse took the lead against the run of play. Despite several more chances being created, poor finishing frustrated the Anglers lads leaving them trailing 1-0 at half time. The second half saw the Anglers attacking down the slope and the equaliser came in the 55th minute with a goal from Jordan Curtis. 3 minutes later Anglers took the lead with Jordan scoring again. It was soon 3-0 with Stewart Boydey Aisthorpe coming off the bench to get in on the scoresheet. Curtis completed his hat trick shortly after, deservedly receiving the man of the match award for his efforts. Further goals from Danny Coo and Craig Bridge completed the second half comeback. Credit goes to Fosse Water who never gave up and were an attacking threat throughout the whole match.
The game between Hykeham Town TRFC v Payzone was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.