Weather wreaks havoc as only three fixtures take place

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Only three Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League fixtures survived the weather.

Clash of the day between Gainsborough Town and Boston United was switched to Scotter United after Town’s pitch was ruled unfit.

The third placed ‘home’ side took full advantage to close the gap on second placed Cleethorpes.

Market Rasen Town won the basement contest with Grimsby Borough Reserves, while a goal in each half from Heckington United helped them overcome Horncastle Town at Howell Road.

Gainsborough Town 5 Boston United Reserves 1

Prolific Craig Lill added two more goals to his tally as Gainsborough Town consolidated their third place in the league table with victory over Boston United’s second string.

James Dickenson also notched a brace as the home side closed the gap at the top of the table. They now trail second placed Cleethorpes Town Reserves by two points, with three games in hand.

The Pilgrims added to their woes by scoring an own goal.

Michael Gardner scored a consolation for the visitors in a match that was switched to Scotter at the 11th hour.

Market Rasen Town 2 Grimsby Borough Reserves 1

Kyle Paul struck twice to see Market Rasen home in the key bottom of the table clash with Grimsby Borough Reserves.

Paul Jones was on target for Borough, but it was not enough to stop his side sliding to their 13th league defeat of the season.

Heckington United 2 Horncastle Town 0

Heckington created a chance as early as the first minute, when a corner was glanced goalwards, but cleared off the line at the far post.

It was a bright start for the home side, but they almost handed the initiative to Horncastle when they gifted them an indirect free kick with a back pass. Fortunately for those concerned they were able to smother the danger.

Midway through the half home keeper Ben Jackson acrobatically tipped the ball over as Horncastle threatened again.

United broke the deadlock after 33 minutes when John Pinnington’s effort was blocked, leaving skipper Alan Forwood to pick up the pieces and fire past the Horncastle keeper from 20 yards.

The rest of the half was even in terms of possession, with neither goalkeeper really extended.

After the interval Horncastle grabbed the initiative, but, despite dominating possession they lacked the final ball to unlock the hard-working United defence.

Their approach play was encouraging, but the home defence dealt admirably with all that was thrown at them.

To add insult to injury, United doubled their lead with 20 minutes left. Pinnington held the line well against a very high Horncastle defence and waited for Michael Musson’s through ball. When it finally came it was perfectly weighted into his path on his right foot and he progressed to the box before rifling it past the Horncastle keeper.

Results:

Gainsborough Town 5 Boston United Reserves 1; Heckington United 2 Horncastle Town 0; Market Rasen Town 2 Grimsby Borough Reserves 1.

Postponed: CGB Humbertherm v Skegness United; Lincoln United Reserves v Boston Town Reserves; Louth Town Reserves v Ruston Sports. Lincs Junior Cup: Skegness Town v All Star Panthers.