White Horse return to the top in a game that doubles as a cup tie

Sunday League football, Real Canutes (blue strip) v Mattersey FC '(NGAS-24-02-14 BC 1k)
Sunday League football, Real Canutes (blue strip) v Mattersey FC '(NGAS-24-02-14 BC 1k)

With Trinity Trophy ties and league games in all three divisions of the Gainsborough Sunday Football League there was a lot at stake last weekend.

Seven round three ties in the Trinity Trophy plus one second round tie that had been delayed by the recent bad weather were all scheduled.

However, due to a ground issue the game between FS Clumber and Leverton United was re-scheduled for this coming Sunday, while for whatever reason Maltings Meercats chose not to turn up for their home tie against MUSC, who will get a bye.

In the two all-Division One ties the teams choose to play the games as double headers for league points as well as cup football - a good move considering the postponements of recent weeks.

White Horse went back to the top of the division after a 4-0 win over an hardworking but well beaten Rose and Crown, a result that also sees White Horse into the last eight of the Trinity Trophy.

Kings Arms defeated Elkesley FC 4-1 to take all three points plus a place in the last eight of the Trophy.

Epworth FC were given an almighty scare by Division Three opponents Horse and Jockey and the 4-3 result saw Epworth relieved to hear the final whistle.

This was a tremendous effort by Horse and Jockey who came so close to an upset.

Liberal Branch, who are challenging for the Division Two title, travelled to Retford to play Northern FC and in a game that swung to and fro, both teams certainly created plenty of chances with the game ending 4-4 after extra time.

In a tense penalty shootout it was Liberal Branch who held their nerve to win.

East Markham and BFC Clumber gave their all and it almost had the look of a game that would be too close to call.

In the end it was BFC Clumber who advanced with a 2-1 win, but the result could have gone the other way.

In the round two tie that was playing catch up it was new boys Notts Diagonals who got the better of Bridon AFC 4-3 in a tense game.

In Division One Real Canutes and Mattersey FC had a game that gave the impression from the kick-off that a single goal would probably settle the game and so it proved with Real Canutes continuing their good run.

In Division Two Real Canutes O30s advanced their claim for title honours with a fairly convincing 4-1 win over Walkeringham FC who seem to have lost the ability to win any game at present.

King and Miller are a lot of games behind the rest of the teams in this division but if they can win the bulk of these games they might yet have a big say in the title race, and a very hard-fought 1-0 victory at Misterton United was another game that was always on a knife-edge.

BRSA had one of their better days and were good value for the 3-1 home win against an Olde Sun FC team that does at times flatter to deceive.

In Division Three Morton FC are setting the pace and Sunday’s 5-1 home win over Sherwood Rangers sees them top the table by three points from their nearest challengers, at present Kings Arms Reserves who perhaps somewhat surprisingly were held to a 2-2 draw by a battling Ingleby Arms who gave them a far tougher game than they might have expected.

Ship Inn Morton continued their recent run of good form with a 4-0 away win against Stanwood Engineering, a result that sees Ship Inn in third spot in the division and with games in hand on the top two but with little to choose between several teams it is difficult to win almost every week.

LRG Yates had their best result for some time when they ground out a 2-1 win against a Black Horse team that did not play up to their recent run of good form.

Ropery Rangers upset an Owston Ferry Sports Club team who seem to have dropped off recently after a very good start to the season. On a windy morning Ropery battled hard for their 4-3 win.