Sleaford Town Boys U18s 1
Lincoln United U18s 2
Sleaford Town Boys faced another tough test in the reverse fixture with Lincoln United, the two teams having already played out a draw in the opening Lincolnshire Intermediate Football League game earlier in the season.
The visitors had the larger amount of play early on and deservedly took the lead on 20 minutes, courtesy of a neat shot by Kyle Onyon, taken from outside the area, which wrong footed stand-in goalkeeper Robert Walters.
Not for the first time this season, Sleaford showed good character to haul themselves back into the game.
Long range efforts from Jordan Berry and Brett Callow forced the Lincoln goalkeeper to pull off finger tip saves to protect his clean sheet.
Lincoln delivered another blow when they struck again 11 minutes into the second half.
This time Charlie Scales finished clinically to double the advantage.
Sleaford Boys kept plugging away and a cutback on the goal line from Brett Callow was met by the lunge of Kyle Blair, but his shot was frantically cleared off the line.
Moments later, team captain Jamie Jenkins won the ball in centre midfield and played a wonderful through pass which dissected the Lincoln defence and Brett Callow’s attempts to round the keeper were thwarted unfairly, according to the referee.
Jack Charles-Myers stepped up for the home team and cooly dispatched the penalty to set up a tense finale but the defending champions held on.