FOOTBALL: Sole survivors Fulbeck United exit county cup competition

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With Christmas approaching, there were just two games played by clubs from the Lincoln League.

Fulbeck United were one of the sides in action as the league’s sole survivors in the Lincs Junior Cup. They made a lengthy trip to Westwoodside Rangers who were bottom of the Scunthorpe Second Division and are based near Doncaster.

The home side, despite their league position, had beaten Ruskington Rovers 9-1 in the previous round and they were to end Fulbeck’s interest in this competition, beating them 4-2. Chris Bates and Callum Clay scored for Fulbeck, who suffered only their second defeat of the season.

Another side to progress into the last eight of this county competition were holders Hykeham Town from the Lincs League, who beat East Lincs Combination side Tetney Rovers 10-0. Two other Lincs League sides also progressing were Wyberton, who won 3-1 at Boston Division Two side Railway Athletic, and Skegness Town who beat fellow league opponents Horncastle Town 3-0. A fourth Lincs League side, Cleethorpes Town Development, saw their game against Scunthorpe League side Limestone Rangers postponed.

Perhaps a surprise result was the defeat of yet another Lincs League side, Skegness Utd, who lost 3-0 at Epworth Town from the Scunthorpe League and a third team from this league, making it into the next round were a previous winner, College Wanderers who won 11-1 at East Lincs Combination side Mablethorpe Athletic.

Finally, making it into the last eight were Baston FC who beat Sutton Bridge Athletic 6-1 in an all Peterborough League contest.

The only other match on the day was a bottom of the table league match between Retford Town and The Railway Inn. The visitors were still without a win this season since joining the league and Retford had not won since their opening game on September 12.

In a game of seven goals, Retford ran out 4-3 winners and climbed two places up the table to fifth. Netting his first hat-trick of the season was Dan Law, with Dave Manning getting the other, his first for the team.

Scoring for Railway were Tom Holmes, with his fifth goal from six games, and first of the season from James Smith and Alex Bowkett.