Football: Coningsby grind out tough win against youthful Billinghay

Danny Barker puts Coningsby 1-0 up after just six minutes
Danny Barker puts Coningsby 1-0 up after just six minutes

Coningsby FC managed a hard-fought 3-2 victory at the Allan Barker Field against Billinghay Athletic Reserves.

The home side struggled in the opening exchanges as they couldn’t match the pace of the youthful visitors but Danny Barker found himself in the right place at the right time after six minutes to put Coningsby 1-0 up.

The goal seemed to knock the wind out of Billinghay’s sails as the frenetic pace of the match settled down and Coningsby started to take control.

Their lead was doubled by captain Ali Smith from the penalty spot after a disputed handball on 21 minutes.

It looked as though Billinghay had found a route back into the game when they scored from a cross five minutes before the half time break but Brader made it 3-1 to the home side just seconds before the interval.

Sean Taylor crossed the ball into the box and the Billinghay keeper could only palm it into Brader’s direction before Brader tapped the ball in.

Billinghay scored from a corner in the second half but Coningsby managed to hold on for the win.