The three R’s came to the fore in Bassetlaw football this week when Redlands, Rampton and Ranskill all clinched their respective league titles and entry into the Champion of Champions Tournament.
Redlands began the week with a 4-1 victory against Serlby Park to take the second division title with a game to spare, their goals coming from youngster Tom McIntosh (2), Bassetlaw’s Ryan Dixon and prolific marksman Casey Moore.
Rampton were the next on the mark when their expected defeat of a brave Shireoaks thanks to goals from their regular trio of hitmen, Oliver Presley, Joe Glaister and Drew Allwood put them out of the reach of nearest challengers Haggonfields in Division Seven.
Ranskill, still hanging onto a 100 percent record took the Division Eight title with a 2-1 success against Harworth’s St Patrick’s.
Success is no stranger to Redlands manager Steve Walker but Rampton manager Carolyn Stringer and Ranskill’s James Scott can be well pleased to finally receive some reward for their inspirational hard work over the last few seasons.
Other teams closing in on Champion of Champions entry now have until March 24th to claim their place as league leaders on the nominated date.
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THE much improved Bassetlaws Boys’ winning run came to an end after a hard fought 2-0 defeat against the massive City of Sheffield association.
With Nathan Blagg, Taylor Rixham and James Leverton battling bravely they were well into the game until the final minute of the first half when Sheffield squeezed home their first goal.
The confidence gained from that one goal resulted in Sheffield become more dominant after the interval although they were only able to breach the Bassetlaw defence on one more occasion.
City of Bradford Schools 4
Worksop, Retford and District 2
THE District side travelled the substantial distance to take on a powerful Bradford Schools team.
The game was going to be difficult as the pitch was very heavy.
After 10 minutes Bradford managed to breach the District’s defence and score.
This was a good antidote for the District who pushed forward and created numerous chances, Jake Managham and Alexander Menhausen unlucky not to equalise.
Morgan Rubie was inspirational and instrumental in the middle of the park, chasing down everything.
Bradford pushed on and scored three more goals before Jake Managham managed to get the better of his marker and put the District on the scoreboard.
Second half pressure from the visitors was rewarded all to late when Jake Managhan converted with aplomb, leaving his marker in his wakes.
The 14 player squad had much to be proud of.