Gainsborough Sunday League: County Cup and Trinity Trophy action, and father and sons do battle

STILL UNBEATEN -- Belper United.
STILL UNBEATEN -- Belper United.

BFC Clumber joined Leverton United in the next round of the Notts County Sunday Minor Cup, with a thrilling 4-3 win against RDNG from Nottingham.

The game was always on a knife edge, but a determination not to be beaten saw BFC Clumber progress.

In the Trinity Trophy the game of the day was between current league leaders BRSA from unbeaten duo Retford and FC Elm.

While there were 11 goals in the game there might have been several more.

It was BRSA who progressed to the quarter-finals after a 7-4 victory.

Mattersey FC had to work hard to defeat Rose and Crown Reserves who are unbeaten so far in Division Two, however Mattersey are not champions of the league for nothing and they did just enough to secure their place in the next round with a 3-0 victory.

Friendship FC with all their experience were just too good for a Crooked Billet team that deserve all the credit for making this tie one well worth watching.

Although Billet lost 6-2 they should be proud of their contribution to this excellent cup tie, Friendship did however have far too much know how and never looked anything other than winners.

This game was also remarkable for the fact that two pairs of father and sons scored in the game, Phil Robinson and son Geno and Steve Hollingsworth and son Ryan, potentially a record in this league.

Owston Ferry Sports Club, who went to the top of Division Three last weekend came back down this week when they lost to the improving Black Horse 2-0.

The game was a typical hard fought cup tie but Black Horse took their chances to win the game and move into the next round.

Stanwood Engineering, who have made their best start to a season ever, also had a reality check when they entertained Walkeringham FC, losing 4-1 and while Stanwood never stopped battling in the game they were well beaten by the better team on the day.

In Division One Rose and Crown maintained their perfect start to the season but they were given a stern test by a Tuxford Working Men’s Club team that probably deserved at least a point from the game, the only goal of the game giving Rose & Crown a 1-0 win, but it was so very close.

Kings Arms achieved their first victory of the league season with a 5-1 home win against a MUSC team that is nowhere near as strong as it has been in previous years, and having a player dismissed for a lack of discipline will not help the cause.

Kings Arms, who gave a good display last week against Mattersey FC, carried that form into this game to win 5-1.

In Division Two the all Retford game between Northern FC and Olde Sun went in favour of Northern by 3-0 and after last week’s loss to Bridon it was a welcome return to the form shown so far this season.

After an unexpected shaky start to the season Smiffys United have now got their season up and running and a polished performance at Leverton United gave them a comfortable 5-1 victory and will give the rest of the teams in this division notice that they are a force to be reckoned with.

In Division Three the all Gainsborough match between Ropery Inn and Ping FC was a real end to end affair with a whole host of goal chances created and while both sides could have taken the points, it was won by Ropery Inn by 4-3.