Quest for honours intensifies in all three Gainsborough leagues

Ropery Rangers are in mauve and blue stripes, Ingeby Arms in orange and black
Ropery Rangers are in mauve and blue stripes, Ingeby Arms in orange and black

The quest for honours in all three divisions of the Gainsborough and District Sunday Football League intensified on Sunday with nearly all the leading teams in each division winning.

In the top division White Horse and MUSC show no sign of losing their form and the chasing pack of Real Canutes and FS Clumber will have to keep up their current run of winning form to stay in contention.

Ropery Rangers are in mauve and blue stripes, Ingeby Arms in orange and black

Ropery Rangers are in mauve and blue stripes, Ingeby Arms in orange and black

White Horse, who currently lead the table by two points, made the difficult journey to Ranby Rangers – never an easy place to win – and returned with the three points after a 4-2 win.

They will have to repeat this win later in the season but they do appear to have the players capable of keeping up their challenge.

MUSC had too much strength and firepower for an hardworking Rose and Crown, who gave their all for 90 minutes, but the 4-0 victory for MUSC was merited.

Real Canutes and Leverton United had a very high scoring encounter when they met at Rampton with Real Canutes winning 7-3 to keep their challenge on track.

Ropery Rangers are in mauve and blue stripes, Ingeby Arms in orange and black

Ropery Rangers are in mauve and blue stripes, Ingeby Arms in orange and black

FS Clumber and Epworth FC had a battle royal with both teams showing great determination and no little skill before F S Clumber won 2-1 in a highly entertaining fixture.

Elkesley FC went all season long without a win but have now made it two in consecutive weeks with a 3-2 hard fought win against Northern FC.

Mattersey F C have got into the habit of drawing games of late and against a very resilient Kings Arms they once again had to settle for a single point after a 3-3 draw.

In Division Two Real Canutes O30s stay seven points clear, albeit with quite a few more games played than their nearest challengers.

Canutes had to dig very deep to gain all three points, winning 4-3 against a Bridon AFC team who probably deserved at least a point from the game.

Liberal Branch kept their challenge on course with a fairly routine 5-0 win at Walkeringham F C.

With a lot of games left to play King and Miller are coming up on the rails and a 4-1 away win against Maltings Meercats sees them move up to fourth place.

They have as many as five games in hand on the leaders but a heavy workload for the rest of the season.

BRSA and Tuxford Working Men’s Club could not be separated after a 3-3 draw and the point each gained was just about a fair return for both.

Similarly Olde Sun and Misterton United could not be separated after 90 minutes of end-to-end action, the final score of 2-2 giving each a deserved point.

East Markham battled hard to just claim all three points against Gate Inn Sutton, where seven goals were scored and quite a few more chances went begging before East Markham won 4-3.

In Division Three the leaders had the narrowest of 5-4 wins at Owston Ferry Sports Club, a victory that keeps Morton at the top, but they were made to sweat until the final whistle.

Notts Diagonals are probably their biggest rivals but again they have an enormous number of games left to play and this may catch up with them before the season is over.

A 5-0 win at Stanwood Engineering was a fairly routine victory for the Rampton based club who have shown that the jump from youth football to senior football is one that can be made with the right application.

Horse and Jockey put a massive dent in Kings Arms Reserves title hopes with a 4-0 win that showed what a very decent team Horse and Jockey are when they are on their very best form.

Ingleby Arms gave their best display for some time when they defeated Ropery Rangers by 4-2 in a game that was a credit to both teams.

LRG Yates defeated near neighbours Sherwood Rangers by four goals to nil in a game they largely dominated, and were fully deserving of the three points.