The Blues Club were left disappointed after coming out second best in their Lincoln Saturday Football League title clash last weekend.
Second met third with Birchwood United hosting the Gainsborough men.
Birchwood were the only other unbeaten side left in the league, along with the leaders RM Imp, while the Gainsborough side had lost just once, back in September against the side sitting in first place.
These two opponents had shared the points in their last meeting just prior to Christmas in a closely fought game which saw Birchwood grab a late equaliser.
This time it was a different story as Birchwood took the game to their opponents from the start and eventually ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.
Danny Hicks and Ricky Greensmith both scored twice for Birchwood, Hicks with his 16th of the season while Joe Owen got The Blues Club goal.
This win for Birchwood now installs them as RM Imp’s key rivals, six points behind them, while The Blues Club and Horncastle are 10 points off the lead.
Meanwhile RM Imp visited fourth placed Horncastle Town Reserves who had lost only once at home this season.
The unbeaten leaders were looking to complete their first league double as they had beaten their counterparts 2-1 at home at the start of December.
The home side were able to strengthen their side with their senior side inactive and this made for a really entertaining and close game.
Seven goals were scored on the day with RM Imp just edging things 4-3.
RM Imp’s goals came from league leading scorer Joe Ayres with his 19th of the season, Lee Beesley with his 18th, Elliott Dye and Ian Tinkler.
Luke Blondel, grabbing his 11th of the season, Ryan Beaumont with his eighth of the season and Gareth Melia scored for the home side.
Scoring four goals took RM Imp to 51 league goals in 11 games.
The Blues Club are back on their travels this weekend, travelling to Crown and Arrows.
Saturday’s hosts are the league’s bottom side, with just two wins on their record this season – and 10 defeats.
If the Blues Club are to retain the league title they won last season victory is a must, but they must now also hope that other teams do them a favour against RM Imp and Birchwood United.
It’s a month of away fixtures for Blues Club, who won’t return to their home venue until the very last day of January when they take on Lincoln Moorland Railway Reserves in the quarter-finals of the David Cooper Cup.
In the quarter-finals of the Challenge and Amateur Cups they face Birchwood United and Crown and Arrows respectively.