SUNDAY LEAGUE: Results as expected in Trinity Trophy ties

Sunday league football, Ropery Rangers v Ship Inn Morton (red and black kit) (NGAS-02-02-14 BC 1c)
Sunday league football, Ropery Rangers v Ship Inn Morton (red and black kit) (NGAS-02-02-14 BC 1c)

The weekend’s two Trinity Trophy ties produced the expected results, but one game was a lot closer than might have been predicted.

FS Clumber, who have looked very strong since Christmas, had to work very hard to overcome a determined Leverton United who never gave up and on another day may have sprung a shock.

But FS Clumber found a way to win without ever being at their fluent best, winning 3-2.

The difference in a good Division One team and a good Division Three team was proved on Sunday when Real Canutes defeated Notts Diagonals 6-1, showing that no matter how willing and hard a team tries quality football will always show through.

In Division One White Horse enhanced their quest for the title with a very good 5-2 away win at Northern FC, giving them a two-point lead at the top of the table.

Nearest challengers MUSC were held to a 2-2 draw at a very determined Mattersey FC.

MUFC do have a game in hand, however, and the race for the championship could not be closer.

Epworth FC continued their very good first season in the top division with a 4-2 home win against a Rose and Crown team that certainly made the Isle of Axholme team work hard for the three points.

Elkesley FC managed their first win of the season with a 5-3 home win against Kings Arms who are at best very inconsistent and Elkesley were good value for the three points.

In Division Two Real Canutes O30s stretched their lead at the top to seven points after the narrowest of wins against a BRSA side who gave Real Canutes O30s their hardest game for some time.

Liberal Branch, who have three games in hand on the leaders, dropped two points at BFC Clumber when they were held to a 2-2 draw.

Both teams battled hard for the victory with a draw probably just about the right result.

King and Miller, who have a lot of games left to play and are by no means out of the title race, kept their challenge on track with an hard fought 3-1 home win against Olde Sun, but with 13 league games left to play plus a County Cup final, fitting all their games in will be a strain on the King and Miller team.

Maltings Meercats, who are another very inconsistent team, had one of their better days on Sunday, winning 3-1 at Tuxford Working Men’s Club who have been on a run of poor form of late.

Gate Inn Sutton and Bridon AFC could not be separated after sharing four goals and the point each took from the game was a just reward for both teams.

Walkeringham FC gave a much-improved performance but still could not record their first win for some months, losing 3-2 at home to East Markham.

In Division Three Morton FC continue to set the pace and with 44 points from 20 games they are four points in front of Ship Inn Morton who have only played 17 games, while Kings Arms Reserves and Notts Diagonals are another two teams with realistic hopes in this division and any one of the four teams could yet end up as champions.

Morton FC had to work hard for their 2-0 win against a Black Horse team who made life very difficult for the leaders, while Ship Inn Morton defeated fellow Gainsborough team Ropery Rangers 3-1 in a game where the Ship Inn took their chances.

Owston Ferry Sports Club and LRG Yates had a seven-goal thriller at Owston Ferry on a windy Sunday morning, the home team just claiming all three points, and Ingleby Arms just edged out Sherwood Grove 5-3 in a game where eight goals were scored and many more chances went begging.

Smiffys FC’s title hopes seem to be fading and a 2-0 defeat at home to Horse and Jockey appears to have ended any lingering hopes of making a challenge for honours in this division.