FOOTBALL: Boston Saturday League report round-up

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One of the biggest surprises of the day in the Boston Saturday League Premier Division took place at Benington where champions Swineshead Institute were soundly beaten 3-0.

Pointon were found wanting once more when they travelled to Coningsby last Saturday. Goals from Carl Wilson, in the first half and Jack O’Brien, in the second period put Coningsby in control and, although Pointon scored a consolation goal late on, the home side held onto three valuable points following their 2-1 home win.

Billinghay Athletic and Old Leake produced an exciting encounter with Billinghay just edging victory following a 3-2 home win. Billinghay were on top during the first half hour and Kris Coussens struck the first before Steve Green levelled the scores at the halfway stage. The turning point came early in the second half when Leake’s Steve Green saw his penalty saved by the Billinghay keeper and then the home side edged in front when Simon Creasey added a second from a corner. The best goal of the game came fromm Billinghay’s new signing, Ryan Smith who struck a superb shot from 30 yards out to put his side 3-1 ahead. Old Leake were still not finished, however as James Leafe pulled a goal back and then in the final minutes Scott Mackay thought he had grabbed an equaliser but his effort was ruled out for offside. Final score 3-2.

Ruskington Rovers and Fishtoft played out a 1-1 draw with Ashley Farmer grabbing Rovers’ goal while the visitors left it late to rescue a point with a last minute leveller.

In Division Two, A Jack Cridland goal wasn’t enough to help a stricken Fishtoft Reserves camp to any sort of reward following their 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Coningsby Reserves. Fishtoft were desperately trying to gather enough players together for their game after a ‘Stag’ weekend robbed them of several key players. Their efforts did get the game played and they will be looking forward to having a full squad for their next league game.

Mareham United went down 8-2 at home to Swineshead ‘A’. Tony Webb and Lukas Payne grabbed their consolation goals.

Two Cryss Stoffel goals were enough to give Pointon ‘A’ maximum points following a superb 2-1 home win against Wyberton ‘A’ in Division Three.

Northgate Olympic put up a spirited performance at Spilsby Town Reserves before returning home empty-handed following a 1-0 defeat.

Jake Smith scored what turned out to be the match-winning goal in the first half and although the home side squandered several more chances, the Sleaford side remained in the contest right up to the final whistle.

In round one of the Reserve Cup, there were only three ties last Saturday and no cup shocks were evident as Kirton Town Reserves, Leverton Reserves and Swineshead Reserves all booked their places in the next round. Kirton Town Reserves had the most emphatic win when they defeated Pointon Reserves 6-2 at Graves Park.

The other two ties, however, were much closely fought through as Leverton edged out Benington Reserves 2-1 while Billinghay Reserves, from Division Two, took First Division Swineshead Reserves to extra time before bowing out 5-4.

Mark Ledger and Tom Ebberley both scored twice in normal time as the game finished 4-4 after 90 minutes. Swineshead’s James Bexon then popped up with the winner in extra time to send his side through.