Drama in Trinity Challenge Cup as majority of ties survive rain

Sunday league football. Liberal Branch in yellow kit v King & Miller'(NGAS-26-01-14 BC 1a)
Sunday league football. Liberal Branch in yellow kit v King & Miller'(NGAS-26-01-14 BC 1a)
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There was plenty of drama in the Gainsborough Sunday Football League’s Trinity Challenge Cup last weekend, as most of the ties survived the weather.

A heavy downpour on Saturday caused the cancellation of six of the 15 games, and those will hopefully be played this weekend.

Tie of the round always appeared to be Mattersey FC against FS Clumber, both on their day as good as any team in the Gainsborough Sunday League.

On a heavy pitch the game was always too close to call but FS Clumber, who have run into a rich vein of form of late, took a couple of chances that came their way whereas Mattersey could not find their scoring boots, giving FS Clumber a 2-0 victory.

An absolutely remarkable game at Elkesley, where Olde Sun were the visitors, took on a surreal quality as the game progressed.

Olde Sun with 10 men raced into a 4-0 lead before a bizarre turn of events completely turned the game.

Two players got injured and a third was sent off, reducing Olde Sun to seven players and Elkesley at this point took over the game to run out 6-4 winners in an incredible turnaround.

The draw had pitched Real Canutes against Real Canutes O30s and with all the players knowing each other so well the game was always likely to be fascinating.

Division One champions last season, Real Canutes proved just the better in a real end-to-end game as they won 5-3.

BFC Clumber proved to be far too strong for a gallant but ultimately outclassed Smiffys FC winning 8-1.

Rose and Crown went to Division Three leaders Kings Arms Reserves and, although they were made to work hard for a victory, Rose & Crown were good value for their 4-0 win.

The game between BRSA and Epworth C lasted just 70 minutes with the players feeling the conditions were unplayable.

Although there is some doubt as to whether the referee actually called the game off.

The score at the time was 3-0 in Epworth’s favour with both teams satisfied the result could stand - something for the management to decide.

Stanwood Engineering and Maltings Meercats had a real cup-tie tussle that finished 2-2 each at full-time and 3-3 after extra time.

Maltings held their nerve the better in the penalty shootout to win four penalties to three.

East Markham proved to be just too strong for a hard working Owston Ferry Sports Club, winning 3-0 on a very heavy pitch that made playing good passing football very difficult.

The last tie completed was the game between Leverton United and Ropery Rangers.

Not being too sure as to what number of players Ropery Rangers had, the score 24-0 suggests a very one-sided game and one which does little for the competition.

In Division One Kings Arms and Ranby Rangers had a game they both can be proud of as end-to-end football with chances at both ends finished 5-4 in Ranby’s favour.

Referee Dave Birkett was full of praise for the players as they were of him in a truly sporting contest.

The only other league game was in Division Three where Black Horse had one of their better days.

They defeated LRG Yates 8-3 on a wet pitch that made defending quite difficult for both sides.