Rejuvenated Town thump leaders

Gainsborough Town have returned to their very best with a 3-0 win away at league leading Hykeham Town on Saturday.

The win followed last week’s superb 5-1 victory at Cleethorpes, and Gainsborough are full of confidence.

Management Steve Hutchinson and Richard Mallett were blessed to be able to name a similar line-up for the Hykeham game.

The influential Carl Larocca returned at centre half and Kraig Wharton was back from injury, while Leigh Hutchinson was the only player missing after signing for Winterton Rangers.

Town started off in a controlled and dominant manner as the back four dealt with everything thrown at them andthe midfield and forward line created chance after chance.

The breakthrough came in the 20th minute as club captain Greg Andrews played a superb ball through to his brother Liam who went in bravely on the centre half and keeper who didn’t deal with it and the ball fell for Danny Martin to slot home from 15 yards out.

The expected response from Hykeham failed to materialise and again it was Town who took the game to the side at the top of the Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire Saturday League.

Ten mins before half-time a free-kick was given around 30 yards out to the right of Hykeham’s goal and Liam Andrews’ ever reliable left foot delivered an unstoppable shot into the far corner to give Town a 2-0 nil lead.

The second half began as well as the first had ended, Danny Markham in goal and his back four playing out of their skins.

Midway through the second half Wharton was brought on for James Dickenson, who again had a fine game on the right side of midfield despite being an out and out striker.

Wharton brought pace and direction into the game and it was his driving run that released Danny Martin who saw his superb shot come back off the post for the ever reliable ace finisher Craig Lill to slam home from 15 yards.

Richard Lewis replaced replaced the injured Markham, with Liam Andrews going into the goal for the remaining 15 minutes.

But if the departure of Town’s goalkeeper gave Hykeham any hope, it was very much a false dawn.

The game finished in pretty much the same fashion it had been played out with Gainsborough Town completely controlling against the league leaders.

Mallett and Hutchinson couldn’t have planned the game any better, the system selected and players performances showed that when they can get a full side out no one in the league can live with them.

This Saturday Gainsborough Town are at home to Humbertherm as they look to close the gap even further on the leading sides, who must be looking over their shoulders rather uneasily as Town come to the fore front in the title race.

Gainsborough sit nine points back from leaders Hykeham, but with two games in hand, with five matches remaining in the Lincolnshire League season.