Liberal Branch lift Trophy after hard fought final

Sunday league football, Liberal Branch (black kit) v Real Canute (NGAS-5-1-14- BC 1e)
Sunday league football, Liberal Branch (black kit) v Real Canute (NGAS-5-1-14- BC 1e)

The second of the Gainsborough and District Sunday League Cup finals took place on Friday night with the Presidents Trophy contested by Liberal Branch and Real Canutes Over 30s.

The teams are top and second in the Division Two table and all indications suggested a close game.

And so it proved to be, all the goals came in an end to end first half with Liberal Branch getting off to a flier and taking a two goal lead only to be pegged back by a determined Real Canutes.

No goals in the second half despite numerous chances at both ends meant it was Liberal Branch who claimed their first piece of silverware since coming back into the league.

An excellent crowd made for a very good atmosphere and both teams appreciated the great support they received.

With two of the four finals now played and both having been really well supported, the management committee are hoping the other two fiinals are equally as well supported.

In the league this week none of the leading teams in the top division were in action, giving others the chance to make up ground.

Mattersey C took their chances to edge out Leverton United 2-0.

The three points were very welcome after something of a barren run lately and Mattersey will hope they are running into form for their upcoming Notts County Cup final.

Kings Arms upset the formbook by defeating near neighbours Epworth FC 2-1, a big boost for the Haxey team but a definite setback for an Epworth FC team that is running out of steam after a good first season in the top division.

Rose and Crown and Northern FC could not be separated after a one goal each draw that was not really a good result for either, both requiring points to move away from the lower reaches of the division.

In Division Two Real Canutes Over 30s continued their push for the league title with a very narrow four goal to three away win at Misterton United.

The hosts felt they had done enough to at least take a point, but a determination not to lose and a lot of experience saw Real Canutes take the points.

King & Miller somewhat surprisingly dropped points when they could only draw 2-2 with Tuxford Working Men’s Club and they cannot afford many slip-ups if they are to catch the leaders.

BFC Clumber just edged out Retford neighbours BRSA by a single goal, in a defence dominated game.

Maltings Meercats recorded a much needed 3-2 victory at home to bottom team Walkeringham FC but not without a lot of difficulty.

Sadly for the second time in not many weeks Olde Sun were unable to fulfil their fixture, almost certainly gifting the points to Liberal Branch.

In Division Three Ship Inn Morton, who have a good chance of the title this season, were also most likely gifted the points after Kings Arms could not get two teams out this week, thereby having to fulfil their Division One game.

Notts Diagonals, after last week’s surprising defeat, got their title challenge back on track with a very hard-earned 2-0 defeat of Black Horse, who certainly made life difficult for the young Diagonals team.

Horse and Jockey bounced back quickly from their disappointment at losing the Junior Trophy final last week to record a very good 5-0 win over a Stanwood Engineering team that does concede an awful lot of goals.

LRG Yates and Ropery Rangers had a real end-to-end battle with the result uncertain right up to the final whistle.

Ropery Rangers just claimed the points after a 3-2 victory.

In the next month there is quite a few night matches scheduled and I plead with players to get behind the people who run your clubs, turn up and give your all.