Good news and bad news in the same week for Sunday League

Ship Inn Morton (red and black) v Sherwood Grove (yellow and blue)
Ship Inn Morton (red and black) v Sherwood Grove (yellow and blue)
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As the Gainsborough and District Sunday League moved into the last few weeks of the season it has been a week of very good news and some not so good

The Trinity Trophy final on Tuesday Night between MF C and White Horse had everything that is good about local football in it.

Having taken an early 2-0 lead MUFC were pegged back right on half-time when a penalty saw White Horse close the gap to a single goal.

A real end to end match saw the teams unable to be separated at the final whistle with the score at 3-3 each.

Extr-time saw both teams score once again to leave the match poised at 4-4 before a very late winner by White Horse gave them the Trophy by the narrowest of margins.

The real winners were the spectators privileged to see the game and local football in general.

The bad news in the week was the resignation of FS Clumber at this late stage in the season.

Having been unable to raise a team in recent weeks this outcome has been on the cards for some time but we can only express sorrow that it has come to this for a club that has been so successful in recent seasons.

Weekend and midweek results means we now know who the champions are in all three divisions.

MUSC are the new Division One Champions, Real Canutes Over 30s have clinched the Division Two championship and Notts Diagonals have been crowned Division Three winners in their first season in the league.

Congratulations to all three teams.

With just two Sundays left in the season it is now a case of who finishes as runner-up in each of the three divisions.

In Division One it’s a battle between Real Canutes and White Horse.

Division Two has three sides in contention, with BFC Clumber, Liberal Branch and King and Miller all in the running.

The Division Three runners-up spot will go to one of the Morton sides, either Ship Inn Morton or Morton FC.

Until F S Clumber’s demise we had gone almost the full season with no clubs dropping out the League which is a credit to the people who run all the local grassroots teams.

It’s a record we should all be proud of in an era when, in an awful lot of the country, many teams have folded in the season.

I urge all players to make sure you play all the remaining fixtures and back up the hard work done by your club officials.