Horncastle Town and Skegness United battled out a 1-1 draw at a windy Wong in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League on Saturday.
Skegness Town reduced the gap at the top of the to just two points with their victory at coastal rivals Cleethorpes Town Development Squad. Leaders Sleaford Town’s second string were without a game so there was nothing they could do to stop the seasiders closing in on them.
Hykeham Town missed a chance to go third when they suffered a rare home defeat to Brigg Town Reserves.
In the Supplementary Cup, Lincoln Railway AFC earned a place in the final with a late winner at Wyberton.
Horncastle Town 1
Skegness United 1
The wind blew straight across the pitch to make life difficult for both sides at The Wong.
After a goalless first half, during which United keeper Travis Portas did well to deny Nadir Boulaid, both sides found the back of the net to share the spoils.
On target for the home side was skipper Christopher Johnson, while Jake Portas was the Skegness goalscorer.
The teams will battle out the reverse fixture at Skegness on Saturday.
Cleethorpes Town Development Squad 0
Skegness Town 3
Brothers Liam and McCauley Parker joined skipper Ben Davison on the scoresheet to close the gap on leaders Sleaford Town Reserves.
The Cleethorpes side had held the Lilywhites to a draw in August and had knocked them out of the Challenge Cup with a solitary goal in November. So this was always going to be a tough test.
But Davison’s 10th goal in all competitions and the seventh in the league for ever present McCauley Parker helped them put those results behind them.
Liam Parker also notched his second in two weeks to join the party.
Hykeham Town 0
Brigg Town Reserves 1
A solitary David Deane goal was enough to secure the points for Brigg’s second string at title hopefuls Hykeham Town.
The reverse fixture had finished in Hykeham’s favour only a couple of week earlier, but Brigg were in no mood to allow a league double to be completed.
This result leaves Hykeham seven points adrift of leaders Sleaford, with two games in hand.
Lincoln Railway AFC 1
A late late goal from leading scorer Simon Mowbray was enough to see Lincoln Railway AFC through to the final of the Supplementary Cup.
After 90 minutes the game was goalless and so it moved into extra time.
And as penalty kicks beckoned, Mowbray popped up to break Wyberton hearts and set up a final showdown against the winners of Saturday’s other semi-final between Hykeham Town and Cleethorpes Town Development Squad.