Unbeaten champions Mattersey maintained their impressive quest to retain their First Division title with a six-goal romp in the Gainsborough and District Sunday League.
Mattersey licked improving Tuxford Working Men’s Club 6-2, showing the kind of form that still makes them the team to beat. It lifted them to within four points of leaders BRSA with three games in hand.
The match was the only fixture in the top flight on a weekend that also featured lots of cup action, with First Round ties in the Gainsborough Sporting Club Cup, the Annie Lawson Cup and the Junior Trophy, which are all divisional competitions.
In the Sporting Club Cup for First Division teams, there was just one tie, between East Markham and Kings Arms, and with neither showing very good League form, a close game looked likely. But in the end, it was settled in Kings Arms’ favour by better finishing, giving them a 4-0 win.
Two Annie Lawson Cup ties produced contrasting results with one very close game and another that proved to be more one-sided. Friendship and Leverton United were locked in a real thriller that was a terrific advert for local Sunday football and remained in the balance until Friendship edged it 4-3.
Misterton United, who have improved immeasurably as the season has progressed, were in irresistible form away to Kings Arms Reserves where the 6-1 scoreline in no way flatters just how superior they were on the day. They could be the team everyone wants to avoid in Round Two of the competition.
There were three ties in the Junior Trophy with what looked to be the game of the day coming at tabletopping Walkeringham, where fourth-placed Black Horse were the visitors. It didn’t disappoint either, finishing 2-2 at the end of normal time and 3-3 at the end of extra-time before Walkeringham held their nerve the better in the penalty shootout to triumph 4-2.
In the second tie, Owston Ferry Sports Club were far too strong for Ropery Rangers, cruising home 8-0 to confirm current league form. Owston will be hoping for a good cup run to go with their quest for the championship.
Meanwhile Leverton United Reserves showed a lot of attacking skill to defeat a determined but ultimately well-beaten Crooked Billet 6-2.
Back to the league, and Smiffys United maintained their recent winning run in Division Two after a real end-to-end battle against local rivals Horse And Jockey. Goalmouth incidents aplenty led to ten goals in a 6-4 win for Smiffys.
Bridon AFC’s game with Olde Sun fell victim to the weather and was postponed, as was the Third Division clash between Morton and Ropery Inn.
One basement-division game that did go ahead, though, resulted in a 10-1 home defeat for Stanwood Engineering against Albertos. after making their best start to a season for a long time, Stanwood have suffered internal problems, leading to several players leaving.