Neil Johnson rounds up the latest Boston Saturday League and cup news...
Taylors Garages Premier Division
Old Leake came away from Fishtoft with all three points in the Taylors Garages Premier Division following a 4-2 victory, but they were the first to admit that a slice of good fortune helped them out.
Fishtoft started the brighter and they took the lead with a well-worked goal on 15 minutes when Tom Ruck netted before Old Leake levelled the scores five minutes later through Kane Watson.
Old Leake went 2-1 ahead early in the second half, Scot Mackay pouncing after a free kick wasn’t cleared.
Fishtoft got back on level terms when they were awarded a penalty and Harry Bunce slotted home before the visitors snatched victory with two goals to leave Fishtoft scratching their heads in disbelief.
Firstly, Kane Watson lashed home a loose ball after the Fishtoft keeper had made a good save from a free-kick and then Adam Tempest burst clean through.
Coningsby started their festive period in fine style when they thumped Billinghay Athletic 7-0 at home with Shaun Boothby firing home four of his side’s goals.
Jason Cooke, Sam Brader and Andy Kelly completed the rout.
Pointon went close to salvaging some reward before going down 3-2 at home against Wyberton Reserves.
Ian Jacquest and Russell Houlden were on target for the home side, but the visitors took maximum points following goals from Liam Shinn, Shane Brackenbury and Adam Vinters.
Benington kindly agreed to switch their away fixture to their own ground after Skegness Town Reserves struggled to find a suitable playing surface, but they failed to make the most of home advantage after falling to a 1-0 defeat.
The hosts had made a bright start, but the loss of Daniel Holland to a nasty knee injury seemed to knock them out of their stride.
Skegness eventually grabbed the winning goal with 20 minutes remaining when Scott Dore netted for the second successive match.
Kirton Town had a nightmare home match at Graves Park where Swineshead took their opponents apart following an 8-0 away win.
Richard Barker took full advantage of Town’s charitable mood, netting five of his side’s goals.
Nic Stone, Bert Snaith and Giles Favell completed a miserable day for the home side.
Taylors Peugeot Division One
There was only one game in the Taylors Peugeot Division One after three of the four scheduled games were lost - two to the weather (Wrangle versus Freiston and (Friskney versus Leverton) while Woodhall Spa United they were forced to pull out of their home fixture against Swineshead Reserves due to a lack of players.
It is expected that Swineshead will receive the three points.
The game which did go ahead took place at bottom side Sutterton and things got no better for the lowly home side as Fosdyke recorded a comfortable 7-1 away win.
Fosdyke ran riot with some festive football fun and frolics as they dominated proceedings right from the start and the home side struggled to get out of their own half.
It wasn’t long before a fabulous Zac Chapman cross was converted by James Munn and Chapman was on hand again to set up Leon Marsh to double the lead within minutes.
The pressure continued to be applied and, but for the heroics of the Sutterton keeper, the game could have been over as a contest in the first 20 minutes.
By half time Leon had ran in another goal and Danny Beecham had rattled in a cracking header to give the visitors a handsome 4-0 lead.
The second half was more of the same as total Tangerine dominance continued thoughout although, to their credit, the home side never gave up and continued to compete with honesty throughout.
Leon completed his hat-trick to make it five, Beecham added a sixth and substitute Matthew Scott smashed home a seventh.
Again, the Sutterton keeper was on his toes to make a number of fine saves and the post came to his rescue twice, meaning the score remained 7-0 until the very last minute when a Sutterton corner was swung in at the near post and found the roof of the net via a defender’s head to give our hosts a well deserved consolation goal.
Man of the Match for Fosdyke was Beecham, whose driving runs through the centre of midfield made him the stand-out performer.
Taylors Ford Division Two
In the Taylors Ford Division Two, Mareham United continue to show signs of improvement when they put up a spirited display away at league leaders AFC Tetford.
Nathan Wright proved to be the main difference between the two sides when he struck all three of The Tetford goals in a 3-0 home win.
Park United started their home game against Fishtoft Reserves playing some sublime football and cutting the opposition defence open at will, and they soon found themselves 4-0 up after just 25 minutes.
However, they failed to maintain their intensity and they allowed Fishtoft back into the game.
The visitors replied with two goals from Joe Taylor just before half time to give them a glimmer of hope.
Fishtoft were involved in an unfortunate disagreement with the referee at half time and, with it, they lost their focus conceding two second half goals as they went down 6-2.
Park’s goals came from Alex Limb, who hit a hat-trick, Chris Wright who grabbed a brace and Adam Busby.
Billinghay Reserves never got to grips with their game when they entertained Coningsby Reserves and, despite scoring through Frazer Howseman and Ben Gilbert, they slipped to a 5-2 defeat.
Coningsby’s goals came from Shaun Taylor, who hit a hat-trick, Andy Chapman and Danny Cottingham.
Railway Athletic striker Nicky Frost struck five of his side’s goals in a 7-1 home win against FC Kirton.
Brandon Norman and Billy Shinn hit the other goals for Railway while Mitch Bradley replied for the Kirton side.
There was an unfortunate ending to the game between Swineshead A and Pointon Reserves when the referee was forced to abandon the match after 75 minutes because of the fading light.
An injury during the first half resulted in a lengthy wait for the emergency services and meant that the game was always going to struggle to get finished in time.
Swineshead were leading 2-0 at the time thanks to goals from Dom Mason and Dean Seiner and the League’s Management Committee, in conjuction with The Lincs FA, will rule on the eventual outcome.
Taylors Vauxhall Division Three
Northgate Olympic’s recent good run came to an end when they played hosts to Pointon A in the Taylors Vauxhall Division Three.
Chris Bradford and Julian Bicknell were on target for the Sleaford side but Pointon took all three points following a fine 5-2 away win.
Jake Smith and Travis Herberts hit the goals to keep Spilsby Town Reserves on course for promotion when they entertained Benington Reserves, but the visitors played their part in a hard earned draw.
Benington replied through Rowan Evans and Dean Stevens to salvage a point following a 2-2 draw.
Leverton Reserves struck first in their home game against Friskney Reserves when Deividas Urbsys judged the spin of a ball to slot home towards the end of a first half.
The second half continued in the same fashion, with Friskney showing more of an attacking threat, but Leverton having more clear-cut chances without finding the killer touch in front of goal.
Their failure in front of goal did not come back to haunt them this time, however, as they put in another determined and strong defensive performance to hold on for the three points against a Friskney Reserves side that had been strengthened by the presence of several first team players.
Lincoln Village Trophy
Ruskington Rovers put their indifferent league form behind them when they made it through to the final of the Lincoln Village Trophy at the expense of fellow-Boston League side Heckington Millers.
Ruskington found themselves trailing 3-1 but a superb fight-back saw them clinch their place in the final following an excellent 4-3 away win.
Seb Kew, Sean Jenkinson and an own goal saw Heckington coasting at 3-1 but they blew their chance as Ruskington stormed back with a hat-trick from Ashley Farmer and another from Sam Jackson to clinch victory.
Heckington were left kicking themselves, especially after squandering a penalty at 3-1 up when Dom Kew put his spot-kick wide.