Market Rasen Town were undone by a late penalty as they slipped to a narrow defeat at Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League title contenders Wyberton.
The villagers beat Town by the odd goal in three to reduce Sleaford Town Reserves’ advantage at the summit to just four points.
But they needed a late Elliot Pogson penalty to secure the three points. The villagers’ other scorer in a tight game was Anthony Slater.
George Asplin was on target for the visitors who remain bottom of the league despite a decent run of form.
Skegness United 2 Lincoln Railway AFC 2
Fourth-placed Lincoln Railway AFC lost ground on the chasing pack when they were held to a draw at Skegness United.
Both Michael Howard and Nathan Wetton opened their accounts for the Seasiders.
For the Railmen, Jordan Curtis netted his first goal in 18 appearances, while goal machine Simon Mowbray also found the back of the net with his 26th in all competitions.
CGB Humbertherm 0 Horncastle Town 0
Fulstow-based CGB Humbertherm stopped the rot by holding Horncastle to a goalless draw on Saturday.
The Therm had lost six on the trot prior to this fixture and took on a side who had only scored nine times in 14 league games.
Sleaford Town Reserves 3 Cleethorpes Town Development Squad 0
League leaders Sleaford Town Reserves will meet either Skegness United or Hykeham Town in the Challenge Cup final after beating 10-man Cleethorpes Town DS at Eslaforde Park.
The visitors had to play most of the semi-final a man short after an early sending off, and Sleaford eventually broke them down with goals from Nathan Thompson and Liam Tunstall.
Lincolnshire FA Junior Cup
Hykeham Town 2 Epworth Town 1
For the second year running, holders Hykeham Town will carry the Lincolnshire League’s flag into the final of the county cup.
Adam Wilkins’s men dominated the first half, but had just the one goal to show for their efforts, scored by Callum Chapman.
James Bingham netted an equaliser for the men from the Isle of Axholme, but the home side eased their way into the final showdown when they were awarded a penalty for handball.
Chris Funnell stepped up and blasted home the ball from the spot.