Overly cautious pitch inspections led to a number of possibly unnecessary postponements in the Gainsborough Sunday League last weekend.
Eight of the scheduled games were called off, most of which were on Saturday at least 24 ours before kick-off.
The ground conditions in most cases would have been quite playable by Sunday morning and it is disappointing to have to re-schedule fixtures that could in all probability have been played.
White Horse, who were drawn away in the County Cup at Spalding League team Pinchbeck United and were scheduled for a 1.30pm kick-off had their game cancelled on Saturday Morning – surely far too early.
The game will now have to be played this coming Sunday.
Match of the Day in Division One was undoubtedly the encounter between County Cup semi-finalists and Championship chasing Mattersey FC and BRSA.
Both teams are full of potential match winners and are sure to be in the mix for all honours this season.
The game was a credit to both and the 2-2 score was a just reward for both teams and we wish both every success in this coming Sunday’s County Cup semi-finals and hope for an all-Gainsborough Sunday League final.
Blues Club O35s and Kings Arms finished with the same scoreline of 2-2, again a fitting reward for both teams who gave there all on a cold windy Sunday morning.
The only game played in Division Two saw the young exciting Notts Diagonals battle their way to a 5-2 win against BFC Clumber, whose form is just dropping off at the wrong time of the season.
The score did somewhat flatter the Diagonals team but they were deadly in front of goal and took their chances to claim the three points.
With the leaders in Division Three, Leverton United Reserves, being one of the teams to have their game postponed, the chasing pack all took their opportunities to narrow the gap on the team at the top.
Black Horse are second in the table, four points behind but curcially with two games in hand, and although they won 3-1 against Ropery Inn they never had full control of the game and Ropery Inn certainly pushed them hard before the points went the way of the form team.
Kings Arms Reserves kept up their title challenge with a fairly routine 7-2 win at home to Stanwood Engineering, who played with great heart but were ultimately well beaten.
Horse and Jockey, with their four games in hand on the leaders, never had this week’s game under control right up to the final whistle, before just edging home by four goals to three against an Owston Ferry Sports Club team who will feel they deserved at least a point from a game they fully contributed to.
Both teams can be proud of the way the game was played and the spirit in which it was played.
Smiffys FC had no problems in despatching bottom Club Barnby Moor, winning 10-0 to enhance their challenge.
Ship Inn Morton and LRG Yates gave their all in the quest for points again in a game that was too close to call, the Retford based LRG Yates just edging home 2-1.
The undoubted shock of the day last weekend came in the Annie Lawson Cup tie, where the unbeaten Rose and Crown were defeated by a Maltings Meercats team who to a man gave everything throughout the fixture.
Although the 1-0 win was very much a backs to the wall contest they certainly deserve their place in round two of the cup after this stirring performance.
While there is not a particular backlog of fixtures at present the Gainsborough and District Sunday League would not want many more weekends where too many games are called off.
And while appreciating the need to protect grounds at times, nothing recovers quicker than grass.