Thursday 7 April 2022

Wyberton - Wyberton Sports Club

Wyberton FC
Wyberton Sports & Social Club
PE21 7BS

01205 353525

Ground Number: 1063
Wednesday 6th April 2022
Wyberton 4-1 Lincoln United
Lincolnshire League


The club was established in 1964 and soon after, they joined the Boston & District League. Honours there included finishing as runners-up in Divison 2 to Taverners United in 1973 then winning Division 1 in 1980. They've also won the Premier Division nine times and their reserves still compete there to this day and have honours to their name in their own right. They've had three separate spells in the Lincolnshire League. Their first from 1991-2000 saw them crowned champions in 1995 before they left for a season. The second between 2001 & 2006 saw them never finish outside the top four and win the league again in 2005. They would spend a while back in the Boston & District after this, winning the majority of their titles. Wyberton rejoined the step 7 league in 2014 and remain there to this day, never seriously challenging for the title but never finishing outside the top six.

Due to their basic facilities, Wybertom have never played in the FA Cup or FA Vase. They've had success in the Boston & District's league cups, winning the Sports Cup on seven occasions and the Willoughby Cup eight times. They also won the Lincolnshire County Senior Cup Group 'B' in 1994 and the Lincolnshire Junior Cup in 2001 and are already in the final of the latter this season. The village of Wyberton is near Boston in Lincolnshire and has a population of around 3,750. The parish church is a Grade I listed building dedicated to Saint Leodegar and dating from the late 12th century, although it was rebuilt around 1420. 


Wednesday options are few and far between and so I was glad when this game came up initially. Milton Keynes based hopper Chris was happy to come with me so that offset any doubts about the basic nature of the ground. I'd spotted it when parking near there to go to Boston United earlier this season and it looked worth a visit. We had initially tried to visit in mid-March, however, rain put paid to our plans a few minutes after I'd arrived. Credit to the club's Twitter account though, they were very active and saved us a wasted journey. I always appreciate that, especially at the level that they play at where it is more about participating than spectating. I arranged it with Chris around a week before and this would include a decent dinner should we not hit bad traffic. I'd seen Wyberton a fortnight ago as they won at Nettleham and they looked a good side.

The day of the game came and it was a very quiet one at work, albeit with lots of people in. I passed away the final two hours of my shift working on another department before leaving at 3. It was a good journey over to Chris with me arriving at 4.15 and then to OK Diner in Stamford with us getting there at 5.20. I opted for the Royale Burger meal which had pulled pork in it and came with chips for £7.50. The meal was great again and the service was impeccable. We left at 6 and got on our way. There was a delay for some roadworks on the High Dike Road which were poorly implemented but we had lots of time to kill. We were at the ground at 7.05 with us parking outside as the car park was full. It started to rain but it was not game affecting and we were able to take shelter. There was a local radio station doing commentary, given this was a big game.


This was a real top-of-the-table clash with Wyberton in 2nd and a real chance of the league title whilst Lincoln United Development were in 4th. The hosts had won five of their last six in the league, their only defeat being 4-1 at Louth Town on 12th March. In their last game, they'd won 4-0 at Tetney Rovers and they'd also won 3-1 at Nettleham, 2-0 at Nunsthorpe Tavern, 3-0 against Skegness Town Reserves and 4-1 against Tetney Rovers. Lincoln United Development were in mixed form having lost 3-1 to Horncastle Reserves in their latest game and 2-1 at Immingham Town in recent times. They'd also drawn 1-1 at Nettleham and by the same scoreline against local rivals Lincoln Moorlands Railway. They'd beaten Brigg Town 4-1 and won 3-1 at Keelby United. In the reverse fixture on 12th February, Wyberton had triumphed 2-1. The visitors were the better side early on and they took the lead on 7 minutes. There were some claims of offside but Andrew Janssen beat the home keeper to the ball and slotted it into the vacant net. Wyberton were level on 27 minutes when a corner was headed home by Scott Dawson. Two minutes later, they were ahead, a square ball found Bailey Forth who finished with a low shot from ten yards. The hosts had started to dominate a bruising encounter with plenty of meaty tackles but nothing outrageous. Wyberton scored another two goals in quick succession in the second half. Firstly on 64 minutes, Lawrence Lambley scrambled home from a corner. Three minutes later, another corner found the head of Dawson who got his second in a similar fashion to his first.

Wyberton deserved the win, though maybe the margin was a bit harsh on Lincoln United. The vast majority of the 72 in attendance would go home happy and we left at 9.40. I programmed in Chris' place and realised that we had done quite the detour for our dinner, although that was down to the roadworks that we encountered, or at least trying to avoid them. We had Greatest Hits Radio on as per usual and this made the journey pass a lot quicker with our usual trick of trying to find alternative filthy lyrics for famous songs. I dropped Chris off at 11.20 and headed for home myself. The A413 was closed and so I had to go cross country but I was eventually home at ten minutes past midnight. I stayed up for an hour before going to sleep, not ideal with me up for work at 6.50 the following morning. I decided against a game on Friday night with my next game on Saturday at Norwich United. This will see the rare occasion of someone else driving, albeit with me having to get the train over to Harold Wood for my lift.


WYBERTON SPORTS CLUB is a smart venue. The pitch is part railed and there's also an area of cover behind the goal thanks to the clubhouse. The clubhouse itself is spacious and has three rooms. Food and drink is available or you can walk to Burger King and Papa Johns, ten minutes' walk away near Boston United FC. There's a car park and also plenty of street parking. 

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