FOOTBALL: Sleaford Town Reserves lose league lead

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The Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League has new leaders.

Despite suffering their third league defeat of the season when they visited Brigg at the weekend, Skegness Town have dislodged Sleaford Town’s second string from the top of the pile, by virtue of a league management committee decision.

The Lilywhites were awarded the three points after lowly Ruston Sports defaulted on their fixture, but their defeat at Brigg has thrown open the title race, with the top four now all in the frame.

Third-placed Wyberton were left kicking their heels at the weekend when opponents CGB Humbertherm from Fulstow were unable to raise a team to make the journey south of Boston.

Horncastle Town bagged three points at Skegness United, while Market Rasen Town won the bottom-of-the-table clash at Rustons.

In the Supplementary Cup, Cleethorpes Town Development Squad earned a place in the final against Lincoln Railway AFC, when they beat holders Hykeham Town by the odd goal in five.

In midweek Hykeham Town were held to a league draw by the Railmen.

Brigg Town Reserves 1

Skegness Town 0

David Deane’s third league goal of the season was enough to see off March team of the month Skegness Town at The Hawthorns.

The win has thrown open the title race yet again, with the top four all due to play each other in the run-in.

Skegness United 0

Horncastle Town 2

Goals from Tommy Chalk and Michael Harness netted three points for Horncastle seven days after these two sides battled out a league draw at The Wong.

It was Chalk’s first of the season, whereas leading scorer Harness has found the back of the net nine times in all competitions.

Ruston Sports 0

Market Rasen Town 4

Skipper Joe Osbourne grabbed his fifth of the season as the bottom two crossed swords at Newark Road.

Andrew Belt, Lewis King and George Bennett were also on target as Rasen opened up six point gap at the foot of the pile.

Supplementary Cup

Hykeham Town 2

Cleethorpes Town DS 3

Cleethorpes Town Development Squad will now play Lincoln Railway AFC in the Supplementary Cup final after this five-goal thriller at the Memorial Hall.

A brace of goals from Jacob Wilson and one from Joshua Barr-Royston secured the visitors’ passage into the showpiece final at Sleaford’s Eslaforde Park on Friday, April 29.

On target for Hykeham was Mike Sullivan, who scored both goals for the home side.

Results: Brigg Town Reserves 0 Horncastle Town 2, Ruston Sports 0 Market Rasen Town 4, Skegness United 0 Horncastle Town 2. Postponed: Wyberton v CGB Humbertherm. Supplementary Cup: Hykeham Town 2 Cleethorpes Town DS 3.