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Gainsborough Sunday sides will meet in Notts County Cup final

Sunday league football, Liberal Branch (black kit) v Real Canute (NGAS-5-1-14 BC 1l)

Sunday league football, Liberal Branch (black kit) v Real Canute (NGAS-5-1-14 BC 1l)

King and Miller and Mattersey FC made it an all Retford final in the Notts County Sunday Minor Cup, thanks to their semi-final wins last weekend..

Having avoided each other in the semi-final draw, they both gave hardworking and convincing performances to reach the final.

King and Miller, who have fell some way behind with league fixtures due to this cup run, won 3-0 against Woodborough Celtic to reach their first ever final and it was richly deserved with the result never really in doubt.

Mattersey, who have a very good record in all cup competitions, travelled to Warren FC and won 3-1 and again they were very deserving victors to set up a final which will be a great advert for the Gainsborough and District Sunday League.

The Division One title race was thrown wide open on Sunday.

MUSC, who won their first 10 games before being held to a draw last week, found FS Clumber at their very best and the 3-0 scoreline in no way flattered Clumber who largely dominated the game to give at least five or six teams hope for the rest of the season.

White Horse certainly enhanced their position with a very convincing 7-1 win at Leverton United, with their forward power allied to a strong defence proving a winning combination.

Real Canutes have also run into something like their best form and a 6-3 win at Ranby Rangers, which is never the easiest place to win, was a great confidence booster for last season’s Division One champions.

In Division Two the leaders Liberal Branch had their game against local rivals Maltings Meercats postponed making the game between challengers Real Canutes O30s and BFC Clumber a vital one to both.

And it was Real Canutes O30s who took the points after the narrowest of single goal victories.

Misterton United somewhat surprisingly went down to a 2-1 home defeat to a Bridon AFC team who have struggled for most of the season, but this spirited performance should be a confidence booster for the rest of the season.

Olde Sun and BRSA had a very close game that BRSA just came out on top of after a 3-2 victory.

Gate Inn Sutton and Tuxford Working Men’s Club also had a contest that was too close to call before the home team Gate Inn claimed all three points after a narrow 2-1 win.

In Division Three the top three teams all won to leave the places at the head of the table as they were.

Kings Arms Reserves have 33 points from 16 games, Morton FC 32 points from 16 games while Notts Diagonals have 30 points from 11 games and on current form Notts Diagonals do look like potential champions in their first season in the league.

Kings Arms Reserves were never troubled by an under-strength Sherwood Grove, winning 9-0.

Morton FC edged a tight local derby against Horse and Jockey 2-1, while Notts Diagonals had too much attacking strength for Owston Ferry Sports Club, winning the contest 5-2.

Having the five games in hand does at this stage of the season point to Notts Diagonals as the likely champions but a couple of bad results could change everything.

Smiffys FC just stayed in touch with the leaders after a very hard-fought 3-2 win against Ropery Rangers who certainly made Smiffy’s work far harder than the might have expected.

Ship Inn Morton showed good form to win 4-2 at LRG Yates.

Kings Arms brought forward their second round Trinity Trophy tie against Walkeringham by a week as both their teams were drawn to play at home in the competition.

And, as was always likely on current form, it was Kings Arms who advanced to Round Three after an untroubled 4-0 win.

 

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