Division Three produces the fireworks with 54-goal frenzy

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A big improvement in the weather allowed the Gainsborough and District Sunday League fixture list to go ahead in full.

It was Division Three that produced the fireworks, with an absolute glut of goals from the five games – the ball hitting the net 54 times, a truly remarkable return.

Leading the way was Owston Ferry Sports Club who scored 15 against a hapless Barnby Moor, who despite scoring three themselves were on the receiving end of a goal avalanche.

After a good start to the season Owston Ferry had somewhat stalled and this remarkable scoreline will be a big New Year boost.

Perhaps the most astonishing scoreline is the one between Smiffys United and Kings Arms Reserves which saw the home team win 10-5, clearly a game where attacking play dominated.

Kings Arms Reserves who harbour ambitions of winning this division will have found this result hard to take but what a start to the New Year for Smiffys United.

Leverton United Reserves cemented their place at the top with a 4-2 win over a Stanwood Engineering team who certainly did not make life easy for the leaders.

Black Horse kept up their challenge with a convincing 6-2 win at Walkeringham FC, who never really threatened to stop a Black Horse team playing with plenty of confidence and who were well worth the three points.

Ropery Inn also scored six at home to LRG Yates who could only manage one in reply.

This result typifies the season for LRG Yates who have never managed any consistency, but it was a very good result for Ropery Inn.

In Division Two the leaders Rose & Crown were without a game, giving the chasing pack chance to make up ground.

But results in this Division were remarkable for wins by the bottom three teams.

Kings Arms Clarborough stunned joint second placed BFC Clumber with a 2-1 home win.

Before Sunday BFC Clumber had only lost one game and that was right at the start of the season, and although results elsewhere mean this victory does not lift Kings Arms Clarborough off the bottom, it should be a big boost to their confidence.

Likewise East Markham who returned from Morton FC with the points after a very good 7-3 win which was by far their best result of the season.

Third from bottom Olde Sun passed their opponents Bridon AFC after a 3-0 away win to give them hope for the rest of the season.

Maltings Meercats, who up to a couple of weeks prior to Christmas had the look of challengers, now find themselves slipping down the table after a third straight defeat, this time at home to an Hallcroft team who had one of their better days, winning 4-2.

White Horse remain unbeaten in Division One with a perfect nine wins from nine games and after last week’s win in the County Cup they remain the team to beat in the top division.

They did not have matters all their own way against a resilient Liberal Branch who pushed them all the way before losing by 2-0.

Mattersey FC showed they may yet have a say in who wins this division, and a 4-0 win at Leverton United means they have only dropped three points all season and they have several games in hand on the teams above them, which admittedly will all have to be won.

On a bad day for the Kings Arms Club, they were defeated at home by MUSC who themselves have had a very inconsistent season, Sunday being a good day, winning 5-1.