MUSC win and nearest rivals lose in Division One

Notts Diagonals, in purple, take on Smiffys
Notts Diagonals, in purple, take on Smiffys

The first Sunday in April may have been a decisive date after a convincing win by MUSC and a defeat for nearest challengers White Horse gave the Harworth team a four-point advantage in the Division One title race.

MUSC also have a game in hand and the title is now theirs to lose.

A workmanlike 4-0 win at Kings Arms gives them 44 points from 17 games and with only one league defeat all season they have the look of champions at present.

Sadly for White Horse several injuries and players not being available was to prove costly on Sunday when they went down to a 3-1 defeat to Mattersey FC.

You cannot play a team like Mattersey with anything other then your best team and this defeat could prove to be very costly for White Horse.

Epworth FC after a run of disappointing results just edged out an FS Clumber team that is finding it difficult at present to get a full team on the pitch.

And the 4-3 win for Epworth makes it very difficult for F S Clumber to make a serious challenge for the title at this late period in the season.

In Division Two Real Canutes Over 30s have opened up a 14-point gap at the top of the table and an emphatic 5-1 win against one of their nearest challengers, King and Miller was a great result for the Real Canute team.

BFC Clumber, Liberal Branch and King and Miller will now in all likelihood have to win all their remaining games to even come close to catching the leaders.

BFC Clumber gave their outside chances a boost with a convincing 7-0 defeat of Maltings Meercats, who are going through a sticky patch at present.

BFC Clumber were never really in any trouble in this game and ran out comfortable winners.

Fifth placed Misterton United outplayed sixth placed Gate Inn Sutton to win a very high scoring game 8-3 with chances aplenty being created at both ends and if goals are your preferred fare this was the game for you.

Tuxford Working Men’s Club had a much needed victory away to Bridon AFC by four goals to one to keep up their hopes of avoiding relegation, while at the same time increasing Bridon AFC’s worries.

There were only three games in Division Three with the most significant in terms of winning this Division coming at Woodbeck, where Notts Diagonals defeated a resilient Smiffys FC by three goals to one.

The win helped Diagonals to move to within six points of leaders Morton F C who were not playing on Sunday.

In the first half Smiffys were every bit as good as Notts Diagonals but two goals early in the second half sealed the points for the Young Notts Diagonals team.

The destiny of the title is in Notts Diagonals own hands but with seven games left in the next five weeks it is going to test their squad strength.

LRG Yates and Ingleby Arms could not be separated after a one goal each draw with both deserving of their point.

Black Horse just edged out bottom team Sherwood Grove 3-1 in a far from convincing showing, and Sherwood were certainly never out of the game.

The scoreline probably slightly flatters the winners lack Horse.

This coming weekend sees the semi-finals of the league’s open trophy competition the Trinity Trophy, with the all Gainsborough clash between Real Canutes and White Horse being eagerly anticipated.

In the second semi-final contest, MUSC will start as the favourites against BFC Clumber, but they will not have to take the Retford team lightly.