FOOTBALL: Sleaford Town win in the league but lose in the cup

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Sleaford Town’s Lincolnshire derby at home to Harrowby United went with the form book, although it proved a close contest on Wednesday.

Harrowby started brightly with Simon Bolland creating an opening for Craig Bridge who was wide from distance. Ian Hillier then shot across goal from a Scott Webb pass.

Sleaford though made the 24th minute breakthrough when the visiting defence failed to clear a George Asplin cross from the left and Ryan Clarke punished with a 20 yard half volley.

Harrowby levelled on the half hour with Webb turning smartly in the box to drill a low shot into the bottom right hand corner.

It took jut two minutes for the Greens to regain the lead, with Ryan Anderson’s inviting delivery from the right converted by the stretching Joe Braithwaite.

l The Greens bowed out 4-2 to Kirby Muxloe on Saturday in a match overshadowed by an injury to home player Elliott Pacey after 10 minutes, resulting in an hour long delay awaiting the arrival of an ambulance.

Pradeep Bahrey gave Kirby the lead on the quarter hour. Dan Agar added a home second after 38 minutes, but a deflected George Aspland effort to put the Greens back in the game two minutes later. Ager extended the Kirby advantage three minutes before the hour with Ryan Oliver scoring a Sleaford second two minutes into added time.

Sleaford’s exit and Kirby’s passage to the first round were sealed by a Bahrey spot kick in the 94th minute.