Lions roar past Rams in county cup

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Lincolnshire FA County Sunday Cup

Fourth round

White Lion 4

Ancaster Rams 1

WHITE Lion disposed of last season’s treble winners Ancaster in decisive fashion to reach the last eight of the Lincs Sunday cup competition.

A sluggish opening period on a heavy pitch saw the game battled out in midfield, with Lions Mayes and Simon Bolland generally coming out on top.

The opening goal came midway through the first half with the move of the game. Strong running from right-back Hodgkin allowed him to feed Lions’ man of the match Bolland. He crossed for top scorer Dan Reidy who finished with aplomb in the bottom right-hand corner.

But Ancaster levelled almost immediately. A mistake by Jones let in the ever-willing Kenny Doll and he fired high past surprised Lion keeper Drury.

Bolland’s strong running continued to cause Rams problems and another of his crosses resulted in a second Lion goal, scored by the evergreen Harrison. Harrison was then denied a second by the Ancaster keeper.

Rams thought they were back in the game when Gibson was penalised for bringing down Parker in the box, but Drury pulled of a great save from Ancaster man of the match Doll.

A more dominant display in the second half saw Reidy bag his second for the Lion, and Greg Smith sealed the win with a 25-yard curling shot.

White Lion will now meet Lincoln side FVA Jerusalem in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

Grantham & District Saturday League

HITS Consultancy Senior Cup

Quarter-final

Barkston & Syston 0

Beehive United 4

AFTER a seven-week lay-off, Beehive and Barkston finally met up.

A cagey opening period saw nothing between the two sides and chances were at a premium. Andy Baines saved well from Reidy and Hill, and Drury from Barkston’s Munton.

Beehive began to get on top with 15 minutes remaining, with the dangerous strong running of Harper causing Barkston problems. With five minutes left, United went in front when the impressive Richard Payne put in a cross for Walker who headed home powerfully.

Munton had a chance to equalise just before the break but Drury saved well again.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, Beehive’s pacy midfielders started to dominate and Walker soon doubled their lead.

Barkston had a chance to pull one back on the break, but somehow Turner and Drury conspired to keep Munton’s shot out. Barkston man of the match Baines managed to keep the score at two with some fines saves before Walker lobbed him to complete his hat trick.

Bolland and Asher both came on for Beehive, and Towle made his first appearance for six months following injury.

Bolland completed the rout when his intended cross sailed past Baines and into the net.

Beehive man of the match was Richard Payne.

Grantham & District Sunday League

Premier Division

Lord Harrowby 3

Esleaforde United 0

An accomplished performance from Lord Harrowby led to a solid win.

But the Harrowby did not have it all their own way, with the impressive man of the match Michael Nash and Kevin Atkinson kept busy throughout in their successful efforts to quell the lively Esleaford strikeforce,

The Lord broke the deadlock when Joe Clarke cooly slotted home an opener. A superb strike from Shane Munton doubled the Harrowby’s advantage, and Clarke sealed victory with his second strike of the day.

Division One

Thurlby United 2

Railway Club 6

AFTER six weeks without a game, Railway Club chopped and changed its side with the home of returning to winning ways.

Railway started very brightly, testing the Thulrby keeper straight away, but to no avail. But theysoon got the breakthrough they deserved when skipper Aust slotted home the opener from the penalty spot.

A second goal followed shortly afterwards when centreback Atter hit a stunning strike, with Marshall getting a final touch. Great work in midfield by Turner and man of the match Aust saw the latter unleash a strike from 25 yards with his left foot, giving the Thurlby keeper no chance.

With the half time whistle approaching, Railway went for a fourth, and got it. Great work from left-wing Tyler saw him cross for Nicky Wyles who scored his first goal of the season with a superbly placed header.

United came out fighting in the second half and pulled a goal back following some sloppy defending.

Railway missed a chance to restore the four-goal cushion when Aust’s penalty kick hit the post. But he made no mistake with a second spot kick to complete his hat trick.

Following three substitutions, Railway appeared to take their foot off the gas and Thurlby pulled back a second goal, this time from the spot.

With the final whistle approaching, great work from Weatherstone on the right saw him swing over a delightful cross which found Marshall, who placed his second into the net.

Railway: Dodwell, Clement-Sutcliffe, Redford, Turner, Daykin, Atter, Weatherstone, Aust (c), Wyles, Marshall, Tyler. Subs: Coulson, Parker, Marshall, Adamson, Withers, Atter, Eldred.