Blues Club knock Crown and Arrows out of a second cup in two weeks

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For the second week running The Blues Club knocked AFC Crown and Arrows out of a cup competition.

This week it was the David Cooper Cup, the Gainsborough outfit booking their place in the final.

Cup holders The Blues Club only won by the odd goal a week before, but this time they totally dominated to win 6-1.

The victory included a hat-trick from Ben Barker, the side’s eighth treble of the season.

Goals also came from top scorer Lee Bognar, with his 24th of the season, Leon Shepherd with his 15th and Carl La Rocca.

The losing side’s goal was an own goal, giving them scant consolation.

The final will be played on Thursday 16th April at7.30 pm at Lincoln Moorland Railway Club and it will feature The Blues Club and fellow Lincoln Saturday League high fliers Birchwood United.

In one of just four games that took place on Saturday, the other semi-final was a battle of the titans as title favourites RM Imp took on their main rivals Birchwood.

These two sides had not met since Birchwood’s return to the league but both wanted to win this game greatly.

In the game there was nothing to separate the two sides after 90 minutes and extra time with the pair tied at 1-1 through goals from Joe Ayres, his 21st of the season for RM Imp, and Rick Greensmith for Birchwood.

In a tense penalty shoot-out Birchwood were to edge it 5-4 to go through to their first final of the season.

In league action fourth placed Horncastle Town Reserves hosted sixth placed Fulbeck United.

This was their first meeting of the campaign and Fulbeck showed their improved form with a comprehensive 4-1 victory.

On target for them was Paul Crampton (his 15th), Calum Clay, Dylan Crowcock and Dean Jones with an own goal accounting for Horncastle’s goal.

Victory took Fulbeck up one place to fifth, 10 points behind Horncastle but with four games in hand.

The final game saw eighth placed Ruston Sports Reserves take on 10th placed Retford Town.

The visitors were aiming for both a league double and their first away point of the season.

Rustons on the other hand were looking for a first league win in six games but having, over the season, become the league ‘draw specialists’, they were made to share a 1-1 draw.

Scoring for Rustons was their top scorer Alex Mackinder with his ninth of season, with Dan Law scoring for Retford.

This weekend sees the semi final of the Challenge Cup with Birchwood looking to make it to their second final of the season when taking on AFC Crown and Arrows.

Also looking to secure a second cup final place are Fulbeck Utd who take on Ruston Sports Reserves.

The Blues Club are back in action on 28th March at home to Lincoln Moorland Railway.