Gainsborough Sunday League: Title races hot up again after break for cup football

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The chase for silverware in all three Gainsborough and District Sunday League divisions resumed this week after a break for cup football.

Vital games at all three steps of the league made for an interesting weekend.

White Horse, the only team with a 100 per cent record in any division, maintained that record after a hard fought 3-0 defeat of neighbours Blues Club Over 35s.

With most if not all players knowing each other very well, these games are always going to be heavily contested, and so it proved to be.

But the class and professional attitude of the White Horse team proved to be decisive and it will take a big effort from their nearest challengers to deny them a title.

BRSA are second in the table, just a point behind but having played a game more, and are genuine title contenders.

A 4-0 home win against Leverton United was a relatively straight forward outing for the BRSA team.

Mattersey FC ran riot in their game against Northern FC, who had no answer to the attacking power of the Mattersey team, and the 10-1 win in no way flattered the victors.

On a given day Mattersey are a dangerous opponent for any team, and they cannot be discounted as title challengers.

Sadly the game between MUSC and Liberal Branch could not be played as the latter couldn’t raise a team.

In Division Two the leaders Rose and Crown enhanced their position with a commanding 8-1 defeat of Misterton United.

Notts Diagonals remain in second place even though they were without a game this week.

Maltings Meercats have re-discovered their early season form recently and they seriously dented BFC Clumber’s title hopes with an impressive 6-3 win to move level on points with their opponents, with a game in hand.

Morton FC had their first win for some time when they edged out bottom team Clarborough FC 3-0 to gain a result that lifts them out of the bottom two places in the table. Bridon FC and Olde Sun FC, who have both struggled for consistency this season, had a very tight game that Bridon just won by 2-1.

Both certainly had chances to win the game but Bridon AFC just about deserved their three points.

The tightest contest of all three divisions is in Division Three, with at least five teams in with a realistic chance of honours.

Leverton United Reserves have suffered back-to-back defeats to put their chances in some doubt and the loss this week to table toppers Black Horse by 3-1 may prove to be fatal to their hopes, but it certainly boosts the Black Horse in their quest for honours.

Keeping pace with the leaders are Kings Arms Reserves and a 6-1 win at LRG Yates keeps them just a point behind.

This was a convincing win by the Isle of Axeholme team and they are showing no sign of letting up in their attempt to win the division.

Another team going after honours strongly are Horse & Jockey who defeated Walkeringham F C 4-1 to make it 10 wins and two draws from 14 games, and with two games in hand on the leaders they can move level on points if they win these games.

Smiffys United are not out of the title race and with a great run of results from Christmas on they have given the rest of the division notice that they are a difficult team to play on current form.

They achieved a 7-4 win over Ship Inn Morton on Sunday, in what was a feast of attacking football.

Barnby Moor hdefeated Ropery Inn by 4-2, and although they are still bottom of the table, they are only three points behind the nearest to them and they will hope this win gives their season a bit of momentum.