Real Canutes have their say in where ‘their’ title will end up

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

At the very least, Real Canutes ensured they had a say in who will take the Division One title they won last year, when they beat White Horse 3-1.

Defeat for the title chasing Gainsborough side, to last season’s champions, opened the title race up to five or six teams who all have a chance of finishing top.

Canutes controlled play from the start and created a number of chances, before taking the lead on 20 minutes.

Another goal, from Lee Bognar, followed before the break, and after the interval there were four clear chances for Canutes, but the score remained 2-0.

White Horse hit back from the penalty spot through Gregg Andrews, but Canutes made it 3-1, Bognar smashing one in from 25 yards for his second and ultimately the goal that killed the game.

It was a frustrating weekend across the rest of the top flight, and Division Two.

With seven games having to be postponed due to waterlogged pitches on Sunday, the league, along with many in the country, is facing quite a backlog of fixtures.

There have been over 30 matches called off in the last five to six weeks and some hard decisions as to when the season will end will have to be made.

It was the top division that suffered most this week with four of the five scheduled games called off.

In Division Two three out of the five games were postponed but in the two games played, Liberal Branch and BFC Clumber enhanced their points tally to maintain their challenge for honours.

Liberal Branch have had the look of potential champions all season long.

An emphatic 8-0 home win against East Markham moves them to within two points of leaders Real Canute O30s, with two games in hand.

And on the form shown in this latest victory they are the team to beat in this division.

After a couple of setbacks recently BFC Clumber got their challenge back on track with a narrow 2-1 home win against Gate Inn Sutton who certainly contributed to a very good game.

All the scheduled fixtures took place in Division Three with all the games having a big bearing on league positions both at the top and bottom of the division.

Morton FC handed Notts Diagonals only their second defeat of the season with a 2-0 win to enhance their own title aspirations while putting something of a dent in the Diagonals’ hopes.

This victory keeps Morton top of the table by a single point.

But with only eight points separating the top five teams and all having played varying numbers of games anything is possible in this division.

Kings Arms Reserves remain second after a 5-0 home win against Ropery Rangers and remain just a point behind Morton FC.

Smiffys FC dropped two unexpected points when they were held to a 1-1 draw by a very determined Stanwood Engineering who belied their lowly position in the table.

Ship Inn Morton and Owston Ferry Sports Club had a five-goal thriller that could have gone either way but it was Ship Inn who claimed all three points after a 3-2 win.

The result keeps them firmly in the hunt for honours.

Black Horse kept up their recent run of form with a very hard-earned 2-0 win over Ingleby Arms.

Ingleby will feel that with a bit better finishing, they might have taken something from this game.

Horse and Jockey had too much fire power for a gallant but ultimately well beaten Sherwood Rangers, winning 4-0.

The second round Trinity Trophy game between Tuxford Working Men’s Club and MUSC, which had been cancelled on two previous occasions, was thankfully finally played.

The expected result went comprehensively in MUSC’s favour as they ran out 9-1 winners.