FOOTBALL: Lowman bags a brace in narrow Horncastle win

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Horncastle Town’s Scott Lowman grabbed a brace in a narrow victory over his former club Market Rasen Town in Group C of the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Supplementary Cup at the weekend.

In Group A, Cleethorpes Town Development Squad strengthened their chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals with victory over group leaders Wyberton, while Skegness Town cemented their place in the last eight when they completed a cup double over CGB Humbertherm in Group B.

In Group D, league leaders and Sills and Betteridge team of the month Sleaford Town Reserves finished second best at holders Hykeham.

Four of the bottom five crossed swords in the league. Lincoln Railway AFC came out on top against local rivals Ruston Sports, while Brigg Town’s second string got one over on Skegness United. The results leave both Sports and United in the bottom three.

Lincoln Railway AFC 4

Ruston Sports 1

Simon Mowbray scored a brace of goals as Lincoln Railway saw off the challenge of Newark Road neighbours Ruston Sports.

Dean Szendry and George Zuerner were also on target for the railmen as they climbed to eighth in the table.

Will Fry scored the visitors’ consolation goal.

Skegness United 1

Brigg Town Reserves 2

Brigg Town Reserves picked up their second league win of the season at fellow strugglers Skegness United.

Ben Brown and David Deane found the target for the visitors, while Daniel Reid notched for the seasiders.

Supplementary Cup

Group A

Cleethorpes Town Development Squad 4

Wyberton 2

Having been on the wrong end of two 3-0 scorelines at Wyberton in cup and league earlier this season, Cleethorpes bounced back with a home win to keep Group A very much alive.

Oliver Kirton, Richard Peck, Reece Newell and Simon Ballard struck for the home side.

Christopher Shipley scored both goals for the villagers.

Group B

CGB Humbertherm 1

Skegness Town 4

The Lilywhites maintained their 100 per cent record in Group B by completing a cup double over their East Lindsey rivals CGB Humbertherm.

Will Britton’s 27th minute strike was cancelled out seconds after the restart by Daniel Stevens.

But a Jordan Smith brace, followed by Kurt Crossley’s second goal in two games, saw the seasiders home.

Group C

Horncastle Town 2

Market Rasen Town 1

Two goals from former Rasen man Scott Lowman helped Horncastle Town into the quarter-finals.

His brace was enough to see off the challenge of bottom of the table Market Rasen at The Wong.

George Burke grabbed the visitors’ goal.

Group D

Hykeham Town 3

Sleaford Town Reserves 0

League leaders Sleaford Town Reserves were presented with their Sills and Betteridge team of the month award for September before the match.

But it was Hykeham who were celebrating after the final whistle.

Goals from Chris Funnell, Josh Raby and James Slater presented them with three Group D points.