Worrying trend of players not turning up for games

Hallcroft v Notts Diagonals.'Hallcroft playing in Orange, Notts Diagonals playing in Purple.
Hallcroft v Notts Diagonals.'Hallcroft playing in Orange, Notts Diagonals playing in Purple.

After last week’s cup ties it was back to league action for the clubs this week in the Gainsborough and District Sunday Football League.

Sadly the problems of the previous week when teams were unable to raise a full complement of players continued.

East Markham and Hallcroft FC were both unable to raise a team and with Hallcroft indicating they may resign from the league due to lack of interest the signs are very worrying at this early stage in the season.

So many players seem as they only want to play in lower divisions rather than play the highest level possible, something that the Management Committee fail to understand as surely to play the best possible level of football week by week is far more satisfying.

BRSA continued their impressive start to the season with a 5-1 win at Kings Arms.

This was BRSA’s third straight victory and they certainly have the look of a team that will be in contention for honours.

In Division Two it is Rose and Crown Reserves who are leading at this early point in the season with a 100 per cent record, but they were pushed mighty hard by Kings Arms Reserves in maintaining their very good start.

The game finished 2-1 in Rose and Crown’s favour but could just as easily have gone the other way.

The Old Boys of Friendship FC are showing they have lost none of their know -how and while the legs are not as fast as they once were they have skill in abundance to compete in this division.

A 3-0 win at Misterton United was another very professional performance.

Horse and Jockey had far too much forward fire power for visitors Bridon AFC, winning by an impressive 7-3 and following on from last season’s Championship winning season in Division Three they look more than capable of competing in this Division.

Walkeringham FC sit proudly on top of Division Three after their third straight victory this week, winning 6-0 at home to Ping FC and with 25 goals scored and only five conceded they could not have made a better start.

Despite losing in the County Cup their confidence must be very high.

Leverton United Reserves are on the same number of points as Walkeringham but from a game more.

A very hard fought 2-1 win over a Crooked Billet team that pushed them very hard made it three wins from four games for Leverton United Reserves.

Due to an administration problem with the County, Ropery Inn could not fulfil their fixture with Morton FC.

The last of the 15 scheduled Trinity Trophy Cup fixtures between Northern FC and Black Horse, which was held over to this weekend, turned out to be a seven-goal thriller which Black Horse just edged 4-3.

It was a result that was a bit surprising but Black Horse would just not be beaten and deservedly progressed to round two.