Treble chasing The Blues Club hit the top spot in Lincoln Saturday League ahead of cup clashes with Birchwood

Gainsborough Blues Club v Lincoln Moorland Railway Reserves
Gainsborough Blues Club v Lincoln Moorland Railway Reserves

The Blues Club hit a staggering 17 goals in two goals to smash their way back into the Lincoln Saturday Football League title race.

The battle for top spot was blown wide open last week when previous leaders RM Imp went down to Fulbeck United, opening the door for treble chasing The Blues Club.

Reigning champions, The Blues Club, finished their home programme with a 9-0 demolition of Saxilby Athletic.

Top scorer Lee Bognar grabbed his 29th goal of the season, Gino Robinson hit a second hat-trick in two games and there were first goals of the season for Max Batty, Paul Dexter and Ben Nicholson.

This put the Gainsborough outfit just one point behind Birchwood and RM Imp, having played the same number of games as the former and one more than the latter.

At the weekend the long awaited meeting between the local rivals RM Imp and Birchwood Utd took place and in what was probably an ideal result for the Blues Club, they played out a 2-2 draw.

For RM Imp it was their first point dropped on home soil while for Birchwood it was their first point dropped in seven games.

With these two sides dropping points a win for The Blues Club at Ruston Sports Res would see them go top.

And hitting their 29th goal in their last four games they turned the home side over 8-1.

Bognar was on target once more with his sixth hat-trick of the season, taking his tally to 32 goals, while Robinson remarkably hit a third treble in three outings.

A Mark La Rocca brace completed the scoring for the Blues Club, while Callum Wheeler scored for Rustons.

The Blues Club sit top by a single point from Birchwood and RM Imp, and will hope to put pressure on their title rivals by winning their two remaining league games at Fulbeck United and near neighbours Retford Town.

But first up for the Gainsborough men are two cup encounters against Birchwood, with the final of the David Cooper Cup at Lincoln Moorland Railway ground on Thursday night, and the semi-final of the Amateur Cup on Saturday.

The Blues Club are the current holders of the David Cooper Cup.

On Thursday the second cup final of the season was played with bottom side AFC Crown and Arrows losing 2-1 to second bottom Lincoln Moorland Railway Res in a highly entertaining Horace Franklin Cup final.