Boston United Reserves extend lead at top with win over Skegness United

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Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League leaders Boston United have opened up a six-point gap at the top of the table with a 4-1 win over mid-table Skegness United.

The Pilgrims took advantage of Skegness Town’s and Gainsborough Town’s inactivity to put more daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

Gainsborough’s home match against Lincoln United Reserves was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, while the Lilywhites’ scheduled clash at home to Grantham Athletic was erased following Grantham’s withdrawal from the competition.

Luke Beecham scored all four goals as Cleethorpes’ second string earned the bragging rights in the derby against Grimsby Borough Reserves, while Hykeham Town climbed to fourth in the table with a home win over Horncastle Town.

Ruston Sports had to be content with a point after being held by CGB Humbertherm.

Boston United Reserves 4 Skegness United 1

Aaron Eyett struck twice as Boston United’s second string strengthened their place at the league’s summit.

Ngoni Dongo and Scott Dawson were also on target for the Pilgrims, while Daniel Stevens scored for Skegness United.

Cleethorpes Town Reserves 4 Grimsby Borough Reserves 0

In only his second appearance of the season Luke Beecham shot to the top of the goalscoring chart at Cleethorpes Town Reserves with his four goals against local rivals Grimsby Borough Reserves.

The derby victory came on a day when Town’s first team game at Worsbrough Bridge was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

Hykeham Town 3 Horncastle Town 1

Hykeham Town got themselves back among the mix with a tidy win over Horncastle Town at the Memorial Hall ground.

Their 3-1 win lifted them into fourth, on the same number of points as second placed Skegness Town and third placed Gainsborough.

Robin Newman and Steven Mehta scored one apiece and there was on own goal from a visiting player.

Gareth Melia found the back of the net for Horncastle.

Ruston Sports 1 CGB Humbertherm 1

Gavin Mackie left it late to rescue a point for Ruston Sports in their mid-table clash with CGB Humbertherm.

The game was goalless until five minute before the break when a free kick was whipped in from the right. The ball seemed to elude everyone, but went in via a Rustons player to give the visitors a half time lead.

Sports threw everything at the Therm in the second half and James Stokes saw his free kick crash against an upright.

Steven John was also denied from close range as the pressure mounted.

Therm, marshalled throughout by their influential skipper Carl Martin, appeared to have weathered the storm but five minutes from the end Mackie spun in the area to snatch a point.

Results - Boston United Reserves 4, Skegness United 1; Cleethorpes Town Reserves 4, Grimsby Borough Reserves 0; Hykeham Town 3, Horncastle Town 1; Ruston Sports 1, CGB Humbertherm 1.

Postponed - Gainsborough Town v Lincoln United Reserves.