The Gainsborough and District Sunday League 2015/16 season kicked off last Sunday with ten fixtures spread over the three Divisions of the League.
Thirty-one teams make up the Divisions this season after several teams have ceased to play, a trend sadly that is taking place all over the country.
In Division One newly-promoted Rose & Crown, who were so dominant in Division Two last season, began with an away trip to Harworth to play M U S C and returned with a very impressive 4-0 victory.
On this showing they can look forward to a very good season in the top Division.
B R S A, who finished a close third in the Division last season, began with a 5-2victory at Tuxford Working Men’s Club, who have also been promoted to the top Division this season.
While Tuxford have always anticipated this will be a learning season they can take heart from a spirited performance before going down to a 5-2 defeat. B R S A are sure to be a force in the Division again this season.
In Division Two new teams Rose & Crown Reserves and Friendship F C started their campaign with very differing results.
Rose & Crown Reserves were hosts to Bridon F C and the 4-1 win suggests they will have a very good season in the Division, with players who have plenty of experience they have all the qualities to succeed at this level.
Friendship F C are essentially an old boys team that was one of the most successful teams the League have ever had several season’s past and have decided to have another go.
Olde Sun, from Retford, were hosts to Friendship and the younger legs of the Olde Sun team proved to be decisive with a 6-3 result.
Both teams made this a very entertaining game to watch.
Last season’s Division Three champions Horse & Jockey faced relegated Northern F C and in another highly entertaining game it was just Northern F C who claimed the three points after a 4-3 win.
The result was in doubt right up to the final whistle and both teams can take heart from their first game of the new season.
Kings Arms Reserves, also promoted from Division Three,this season began in style with a comprehensive 5-1 defeat of Misterton United.
In Division Three Walkeringham F C were the days big winners when they entertained new boys Ropery Rangers, close season training proved to be decisive as Walkeringham looked to be far fitter faster and skilful than their opponents on the day.
The 15-4 score fully reflects just how dominant Walkeringham were and was a harsh lesson for the Ropery Rangers team.
Morton F C and Black Horse played out a ten goal thriller in a game swapped to Blyton the home of Black Horse while the Morton ground is still being used for cricket.
Morton just got the better of Black Horse winning by 6-4 in a very watchable game of local football.
Stanwood Engineering did something they have rarely done over the years won their first game of the season, a 5-1 win over Ropery Inn was a very encouraging start to the season for a team that has struggled most season’s but perhaps they can look forward with much more optimism this time around.
Owston Ferry Sports Club and Leverton United Reserves had the closest of games that could have gone either way before Leverton emerged with the points after a 2-1 win; both teams should more that hold their own in this Division.