Champions Mattersey off to a flier in Sunday League

GAINSBOROUGH Sunday League round-up.
GAINSBOROUGH Sunday League round-up.

Champions Mattersey made a a rousing start to their defence of the First Division title in the Gainsborough and District Sunday League, hammering MUSC 5-0.

Mattersey are sure to be challenging for all the top honours again this season, as are BRSA, who also enjoyed a runaway victory when impressively licking Kings Arms 7-1.

With six of the league’s Nottinghamshire-based clubs competing in the county cup, a restricted league programme featured only eight fixtures spread across the three divisions.

In Division Two, Friendship and Kings Arms Reserves could not be separated after a close game that ended 1-1. But there was nothing close about the 7-0 romp of last season’s newly-promoted Third Division champions, Horse and Jockey, who crushed Olde Sun 7-0.

In Division Three, Ropery Club have decided to split their players into two teams, Ropery Inn and Ropery Rangers. But so far, both are finding life difficult, with Rangers plunging to an 11-1 defeat at Owston Ferry Sports Club in their second match and Inn crashing 8-0 against Blacks Horse, who celebrated their first success of the new term.

New boys Albertos made it two wins out of two with an emphatic 7-0 success away to previously unbeaten Leverton United Reserves, while Stanwood Engineering confirmed their best start to a campaign for many a year with a 3-0 eclipse of Ping.

In six ties involving Gainsborough League clubs in the Notts FA Minor County Cup, only two resulted in wins as BFC Clumber shaded Warren 2-1 and Northern beat Hucknall Warriors 3-1.

East Markham lost 4-0 to Kimberley Miners Welfare, while Bridon went down 3-1 at home to Bookey, Walkeringham lost 5-2 to AFC Farnsfield and defe nsive errors cost Hallcroft, who fell 7-4 to Notts Foxes.