FOOTBALL: Leaders Horncastle lose home record in worst defeat of season

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Three games were due to be played in the Lincoln Saturday League on Easter Saturday but one, the match between Retford Town and AFC Crown and Arrows was postponed.

Of the two matches played, one was certainly a game between title contenders, while the other was a bottom of the table clash.

The title contender match brought together league leaders Horncastle Town Reserves and unbeaten Birchwood United who sat fourth in the table having played four games fewer than their counterparts.

The league leaders went into the game with a 100 per cent home record and had conceded just two goals at The Wong. As for the visitors, they had a 100 per cent away record, and they too had conceded just two goals on the road.

In their previous meeting, back in October, Birchwood had won by the odd goal in seven but this game proved totally different.

Horncastle not only lost their unbeaten home record but suffered their worst defeat of the season while Birchwood registered their biggest win. In a totally one sided game the Lincoln side won 7-1 with Liam Wright bagging his first hat-trick of the season, along with one each from Mark Walker, Jamie Corby, Rob MacDonald and Paul Nicholson (his 13th goal), while Rob Morey became the league leading scorer with his 11th league goal and 13th in total for the season.

Victory took Birchwood up to third but level on points with second placed Fulbeck, due to a slightly worse goal difference. Fulbeck have also played two games more than Birchwood.

The second game was a bottom of the table clash as Railway Inn visited Saxilby Athletic.

Railway went into the game having won two of their last three games but had lost all their away games in the league. Saxilby had won just once and that was four games ago, back in January.

Neither side could find a winner in this match as they shared the points in a 1-1 draw with both scorers netting for the first time this season, Andrew Lake for Saxilby and Bjon Whitelam for Railway.

The result saw no change at the foot of the table with Saxilby still bottom and Railway four points above them, having played a game more.