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LINCOLN Moorlands have lifted the first piece of NCEL silverware this season by winning the Wilkinson Sword Trophy.

Moorlands beat Yorkshire Amateur 3-1 over two legs to land the trophy – the clubs first honour since joining the NCEL in 2001.

Amateur had been bidding to become the first club to win the Wilkinson Sword on two occasions, having previously lifted the trophy in 1999, but Lincoln won the both matches; 1-0 at Newark Road and 2-1 at Bracken Edge. The win made all the more sweeter for John Priestley’s men as the last time they reached the final, in their first season of NCEL football, they were beaten 10-0 over two legs by Bridlington Town.

Moorlands boss John Priestley said of his sides victory, "This trophy win has capped a fine season for the club and we have worked so hard for a little bit of glory. I am delighted for everyone we have been rewarded at long last.”

SUTTON Town are another club celebrating cup success as they have reached the final of the Presidents Cup were they will meet Premier Division Buxton.

Sutton needed an extra-time winner from Steve Dillon to overcome Gedling Town in the semi-final whilst the Bucks had Shaun Doxey and Jon Froggatt to thank for netting the goals in their 2-1 win over Pickering Town in the other semi-final.

The final will be played over two-legs on dates still to be decided.

HARROGATE Railway’s incredible run of away victories finally ended at Selby Town recently. Rail travelled to Flaxley Road having won 13 successive matches on the road but were just edged out by the Robins in the crucial top-of-the-table clash, a result which put an end to a remarkable string of victories for Rail.

But the race for the Premier Division title is still wide open and Harrogate manager Martin Haresign said: “It just takes that little bit of luck, with results and other things going our way but any of the top five are still in with a shout of winning it.”

“We’ve got to be confident, the players are just wanting to play right now and everyone is full of it with this run we’re on at the minute. I’ve got to make sure we’re taking it one at a time.”

One player making a big impact at Station View is young striker Sam Warbutton. Haresign said of his prodigy, “Sam is doing really well.

“He’s coming on with half an hour to go and having a big influence. He offers us something we haven’t got, bags of pace and is a very brave lad. He’ll do well for us.”

MALTBY Main have signed Chris Siddall from fellow Premier Division side Buxton after the player made just a single appearance for the Silverlands club.

MICKLEOVER Spots defender Mark Strzyzewski is enjoying a new lease of life as a striker and has banged in two goals in as many games.

An injury to regular forward Dave Middleditch during the warm-up for the home match against Shirebrook prompted Sports boss Martin Rowe to try his powerful defender as an emergency striker.

And Strzyzewski responded by netting the opening goal in Mickleovers 3-0 win before going to on to score the match-winner and only goal of the game away to Arnold Town. Having found a taste for goal the former Belper Town defender may now be reluctant to resume his defensive duties once Sports walking wounded return.

HALL Road Rangers full back Phil Cutler has returned to Dene Park after a brief spell with Unibond First Division side Brigg Town.

Cutler, a Rangers stalwart after breaking into the team as a teenager, didn’t get much of an opportunity to impress at the Hawthorns and has slotted straight back into the Hall Road back four.

Meanwhile Rangers boss Ray Daniel has labelled his team as a Jekyll and Hyde side following their inconsistent form this season.

GOOLE have been linked with an approach to former Aston Villa, Manchester United and Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich according to

The website claims rumours have surfaced linking the Vikings to a move for the 31-year-old Bosnich who was handed an FA ban for failing a drugs test.

Meanwhile the Vikings reserve string have been deducted a league point for fielding an ineligible player during a Division Two match.

SUTTON Town are to launch their new kit for the 2005/6 when they play their last home game of the current campaign against Winterton Rangers on Saturday, April 16.

The shirt will be emblazoned with the logo of the clubs new sponsors, Fastframe (UK) Limited.

In a separate move the Snips home ground, currently called the Hosiery Mills, will be known as The Fieldings from this June.

THE Management Board of the Northern Counties East League sadly have to announce that Division Two of the League will not operate from Season 2005/06.

This decision was taken with great reluctance but, with only seven clubs indicating their firm commitment to the Division, it was clearly not viable to continue.

BRODSWORTH Welfare have had three points deducted by the League for fielding an ineligible player.

Nevertheless the Premier Division club are still on course to finish in their highest league position since earning sixth place in 1999-2000.

HALLAM have struggled this season but the Sandygate Road side have strengthened their squad with the capture of midfielder Louis Axcell from First Division Staveley.

Axcell had previously starred for Buxton before moving to Inkersall Road last year and has also played for the England Futsal team.

STAVELEY Miners Welfare have signed midfielder Neil Cluxton from Premier Division Sheffield. Cluxton had been limited to mainly coming off the bench for the Coach & Horses club this season making two starting appearances.

 "The Blues"