Mattersey prove party poopers as White Horse’s wait continues

Sunday League football, Real Canutes (blue strip) v Mattersey FC '(NGAS-24-02-14 BC 1g)
Sunday League football, Real Canutes (blue strip) v Mattersey FC '(NGAS-24-02-14 BC 1g)

Going into Sunday’s fixtures with a 100% record and the championship almost in sight, White Horse could be forgiven for thinking they were almost there.

However, Mattersey FC clearly had other ideas last weekend.

A battling performance full of character saw Mattersey inflict the first defeat on White Horse.

The game could not have been closer with just a single goal settling it in Mattersey’s favour.

White Horse will still be champions if they win their remaining two games but Mattersey have it within themselves to spoil the party as the two teams meet again on the last day of the season with possibly the title at stake.

Sadly, Kings Arms called off their fixture at home to BRSA which is against league rules as their reserve team played their game in Division Three and 1st X1 fixtures must take preference.

MUSC finished their fixtures with a 2-1 win at home to Leverton United.

It has been a disappointing league season for MUSC after last season’s title success but they will hope to upset the odds in the Sporting Club Cup Final against White Horse on the Northolme on Friday, May 1.

Division Two now has the only unbeaten team in the competition as the champions Rose & Crown made it 17 wins and two draws from 19 games, their latest victory coming away to East Markham by a convincing 8-1 scoreline.

The race for second will go down to the final games of the season after current holders of the spot Notts Diagonals were held to a 1-1 draw by Tuxford WMC.

BFC Clumber took advantage to move to within two points and with a game in hand.

They were far too good for a Bridon AFC team that was overrun at times before going down to a 7-1 defeat.

Misterton United and Olde Sun were involved in a high scoring game that was a real end-to-end affair that both teams could have taken a point from a very even game but it was Olde Sun who just came away with the points after a 6-4 win.

Clarborough FC continued their recent improvement continued with a 2-0 win against Maltings Meercats which effectively ended their hopes of a top-two finish.

In Division Three it is Smiffys United and Kings Arms Reserves who jointly top the table with 49 points but Kings Arms Reserves have played a game less.

Smiffys ended the last lingering hopes that Black Horse had with a very effective 4-1 win.

Kings Arms Reserves have also had a very good run of victories, the latest a 6-1 win at Ship Inn Morton who never really troubled the inform Isle of Axeholme team.

Horse & Jockey are the third team in the title race but they had their recent good run halted by a determined Owston Ferry Sports Club who led 2-0 at one point and might have been further in front, but a late surge saw Horse & Jockey claim a point after a 2-2.

Leverton United Reserves and Walkeringham FC both showed they are capable of scoring goals and a nine goal thriller just went the way of Walkeringham 5-4.

Ropery Inn and Stanwood Engineering had a very even encounter with two first half goals in Ropery Inn’s favour and just the one for Stanwood in the second half giving the win to Ropery Inn.

The Annie Lawson Cup Final on Tuesday is between Hallcroft FC and Notts Diagonals

Then, on Friday, the Sporting Club Cup Final takes place and pits MUSC against White Horse.

Both games are at Trinity’s Northolme with 7pm kick-offs.

Both promise to be excellent cup finals and well worth supporting.