United edge ahead as the race for title takes shape
Unbeaten Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire leaders Skegness United have opened a two point gap at the top of the table.
Having been awarded three points in the committee room for the CGB Humbertherm 'no-show', United added three more to their tally with victory over Louth Town Reserves.
Meanwhile, Market Rasen Town crashed out of the challenge Cup in extra-time.
Kyle Paul and Joe Osbourne scored for Rasen, but the Nettles stung the West Lindsey side in extra-time.
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Skegness United 4 Louth Town Reserves 1
Leaders Skegness United made it a perfect ten of consecutive wins with victory at Wainfleet Road.
They even had the luxury of having a second half penalty saved.
Kyle McGuigan broke the deadlock midway through the first half when he converted a Michael Howard cross at the far post.
Howard then headed home Jason Keal's cross to double the advantage and Jamie Skinner made it 3-0 at the break with a shot from the edge of the area.
Louth keeper Ben Smith denied Sean Chamberlain from the spot after Luke Rayner-Mistry had been brought down, but seven minutes from the end Ryan O'Loughlin made it 4-0.
Danny Marshall scored for Louth in the dying seconds.
CGB Humbertherm 0 Cleethorpes Town Reserves 2
Luke Beecham's second goal in as many matches helped Cleethorpes Town Reserves extend their unbeaten run to eight games.
The other Cleethorpes goal was scored by a Therm player.
Ruston Sports 5 Hykeham Town 3
Alex Knibbs scored a hat-trick and Gavin Mackie took his season's tally to 14 in all competitions with two goals as Sports won the bragging rights in this eight-goal thriller.
For Knibbs it was his second treble of the season, while Mackie's brace leaves him second in the league's table of hotshots.
On target for Hykeham were Steve Mehta, Michael Ellis and Joe Kelway.
The win lifts Rustons to fourth in the table.
Heckington United 2 Lincoln United Reserves 1
Heckington United registered their first league win of the season to climb off the bottom rung.
Alan Forwood and Tom Robinson found the back of the net for the home side, while a Heckington player put through his own net to give the visitors hope of a point.
Sleaford Town Reserves 0 Grimsby Borough Reserves 2
Goals from Tom Petterson and James Deeming earned Grimsby Borough Reserves three points at Eslaforde Park.
The win lifted Borough above Sleaford in the table.
Boston United Reserves 5 Skegness Town 1
Korey Dyer-Stewart hit a first half hat-trick to put the Pilgrims in the driving seat against Skegness Town.
Joseph French stroked home a penalty just before the break to make the half-time score 4-0.
The Lilywhites responded with a penalty of their own, converted by Liam Papworth, but Charlie Sanders scored a late fifth to wrap things up for United.
Market Rasen Town 2 Nettleham 3 (after extra time)
Leading scorer Joshua Bowden made it 12 goals in 12 games this season as Nettleham edged into the last four of the Challenge Cup.
Jonathan Drabble and William Munro also netted for the Nettles, who stung Market Rasen in extra time to clinch their passage into the semi-finals.
On target for Rasen were Kyle Paul and Joe Osbourne, whose goals contributed to the 2-2 scoreline after 90 minutes.