Late goals seals first silverware of season


The first final of the Gainsborough and District Sunday Football League season was contested by the top two in Division One, Mattersey and Friendship.

Leaders Mattersey lifted the Trinity Trophy, winning 2-0 in a close tie where defences were largely on top.

After a goalless first half, the opening goal was always going to be vital and it went the way of Mattersey from the penalty spot.

Star striker Leigh Hutchinson struck a superb cross shot into the bottom corner to seal the victory late on.

The two clubs met again in the league two days later and, with champions Mattersey missing several key players, Friendship gained revenge with a 2-1 victory.

It was Mattersey’s first defeat of the season and kept Friendship in pole position to take runners-up spot in the top division.

Rose & Crown kept up the pressure on Friendship with a 2-1 home win over Owston Ferry Sports Club, who on another day might have claimed at least a point.

BFC Clumber and Kings Arms shared eight goals and also missed many chances.

Elm Cottage won 2-1 at bottom club Misterton United.

In Division Two, Albertos need one more win to secure the title after a 6- 1 victory at Crooked Billet.

It was Albertos’ best display for several weeks and set up what might be a winner-takes-all clash with secondplaced MUSC, who stayed in the hunt for the championship with a 3-1 success over AFC Ordsall.

Fourth-placed Black Horse are finishing strongly after what has largely been a disappointing season for the club. Their latest win was a 4-0 home victory over Olde Sun.

With one game to play, Bridon AFC need a point to secure the Division Three title.

They could have taken the crown on Sunday, but were held to a 3-3 draw by Ship Inn Morton.

Kings Arms Reserves won the Isle of Axeholme derby, defeating Crown Inn Belton 4-2.

In the first round of the Division Three Junior Cup, Westwoodside overcame Ropery Inn 8-1 to set up a second round tie against Ropery Rangers.