Blues Club David Cooper Cup final rivals taste more success

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The Blues Club will take on fellow Lincoln Saturday League high fliers Birchwood United in the final of the David Cooper Cup.

Lincoln Moorlands Railway’s ground will provide the backdrop for the final, on 16th April.

Birchwood are the side directly above The Blues Club in the league table, in second place, a point ahead of the Gainsborough men, and six points behind leaders RM Imp with five games remaining in the fixture list.

On Saturday, when The Blues Club were enjoying a weekend off, Birchwood United and Fulbeck United met in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

Despite their lowly league position the visitors were featuring in their second of three semi- finals in their first season.

On the day the experience of Birchwood saw them through to the final with a 2-0 scoreline thanks to goals from Tom Butcher and Jamie Corby.

The second semi-final saw Fulbeck United take on last seasons’ losing finalists Ruston Sports Reserves.

The city side was without a win for a month and this showed as an in-form Fulbeck made it five wins in a row with a comprehensive 4-0 win.

Scoring his first goals for the club was L. Taylor (2) with Callum Clay and Paul Crampton (17th of the season) getting the others.

This sees Fulbeck into their second final having already made it through to the Village Trophy final.

Also taking place was the first semi-final of the Horace Franklin Cup, for sides in the bottom four at the end of February.

This tie brought together neighbours Lincoln Moorland Railway Reserves and Monson FC.

The two sides had shared a 3-3 draw a matter of a month ago but on the day it was to be Moorland Railway who made it to their first final with a 3-1 win.

On target for them were Alex Mumby, Danny Bee and Atkin with Pearson scoring for Monsons’.

The winners will now play Crown and Arrows or Retford Town in the final.

In league action, league leaders RM Imp took on Saxilby Athletic, looking for a fifth league double but more importantly, a six point lead at the top of the table.

This they achieved with a 4-1 win.

On target were Joe Ayres (his 22nd of the season), Lee Beesley (his 23rd), Zak Johnson and Liam Uzzell with Danny Coo scoring for Saxilby.

Finally, Cherry Willingham entertained Retford Town who had picked up their first away point last week.

Cherry had won just one of their last four games and suffered their seventh home defeat as Retford ran out easy 4-1 winners.

Scoring for Retford were Dan Law, Mitch Batty, Scott Spencer and F Evans with Wilson scoring for Cherry.

This Saturday The Blues Club are at home to struggling Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves with a 3pm kick-0ff at Trent Valley Academy.