FOOTBALL: Cup final beckons for in-form Coningsby

Ali Smith, the Coningsby captain, keeps his eye on the ball and opposition at bay during Saturday's Willoughby Cup Semi-final. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging. EMN-150329-175853001
Ali Smith, the Coningsby captain, keeps his eye on the ball and opposition at bay during Saturday's Willoughby Cup Semi-final. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging. EMN-150329-175853001
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Coningsby FC 2-0 Billinghay Athletic

Coningsby secured their Willoughby Cup final place at home to neighbours Billinghay Athletic on Saturday and will now have one eye on the silverware.

Both teams launched into the game at maximum speed with good passing moves and several unproductive attempts at scoring, this in spite of the near-gale gusting wind.

The scoresheet remained blank until just before the break when Coningsby’s Aaron McConnell volleyed an incoming corner ball which then ricocheted off the ‘keeper. Aaron then repeated the shot which this time ended surely in the back of the net.

Play in the second half commenced with a sense of urgency, but Coningsby were getting most out of the game.

Unfortunately the wind played a major part in making their scoring chances, which remained unproductive until 20 minutes in when Martin Maddison was able to collect a corner ball and put it away with a single shot.

This being a local derby it was no surprise that as tension built up tempers got a little frayed and the referee was compelled to award three red cards before the game was ended.

At the same time as this match another was being played out on the Allan Barker Field’s second pitch with Coningsby Reserves taking on Spalding harriers in the Boston League.

Coningsby Reserves also secured the win, running out comfortable 3-0 winners.