Leaders both enhance their title hopes with emphatic victories

Sunday League Football, Real Canutes O30's v East Markham (black and white) (NGAS-09-02-14 BC 1h)
Sunday League Football, Real Canutes O30's v East Markham (black and white) (NGAS-09-02-14 BC 1h)

With fixtures in all three divisions of the Gainsborough and District Sunday League on Sunday points and league positions were very much up for grabs.

In Division One the two leaders, MUSC and White Horse, both enhanced their title prospects with emphatic victories.

MUSC always had far too much forward firepower for an hardworking but ultimately well-beaten Leverton United, the 5-0 scoreline reflecting just how deadly the Harworth team were in front of goal.

And this win keeps them at the top of the table three points in front of nearest challengers White Horse.

The Gainsborough-based team travelled to Epworth FC to take on a team that has shown that on their day they can defeat anyone, but a very determined White Horse were not to be denied and the 4-0 win was a just reward for a very good performance which keeps them well in contention for league honours.

Real Canutes proved to be too strong for a Kings Arms team that never lacked effort and determination.

But the Real Canute boys showed that little bit of extra class and the 3-0 win was achieved with a good blend of attack and defence.

Mattersey FC found the visit to Ranby a difficult one against a team that for obvious reasons lacks consistency.

It was Ranby Rangers who won 4-2 to more or less take Mattersey out of the 2013/14 title race.

Rose and Crown and Elkesley FC could not be separated after a 2-2 draw that both teams felt they could have won, but the point each was probably the right result.

Northern FC’s game against FS Clumber was called of because of a waterlogged pitch.

In Division Two Real Canutes O30s enhanced their place at the top of the table with a 3-1 home victory against East Markham, but they had to battle right up to the final whistle against the determined visitors before the points were claimed by the current Division Two leaders.

Misterton United returned to something like their best form to record a very good 5-2 home victory over a disappointing Maltings Meercats.

Retford neighbours FS Clumber and King and Miller had a very close contest that King and Miller just edged 2-1.

And if the sheer weight of games they have left to play does not wear them out, King and Miller could yet have a say in the race for this league title.

Walkeringham FC’s struggles continued on Sunday when they were defeated 4-1 by the very inconsistent Olde Sun FC who give very up and down performances almost weekly, this one being one of their better ones.

The Gate Inn Sutton v Liberal Branch match was postponed, again down to a wet pitch.

In Division Three leaders Kings Arms Reserves and third-placed Smiffys United had a game that is something of a rarity in local football, a scoreless draw, neither team being able to convert any of their chances.

Ship Inn Morton moved to within striking distance of the leading teams after a 4-2 home victory against an Ingleby Arms team that made the Ship boys work hard for the three points.

Horse and Jockey and LRG Yates shared six goals in a game the Horse and Jockey team probably expected to win but LRG Yates battled to the end and were good value for the point they gained.

Ropery Rangers, after a couple of heavy defeats recently, bounced back to comprehensively defeat Stanwood Engineering 7-3, the game being switched to pitch at Gringley.

The Sherwood Rangers v ersus Notts Diagonals match was also postponed with a wet pitch.

This was not a game the title-chasing Notts Diagonals could afford to have cancelled, as they are somewhat behind with their fixtures.