White Horse title hopes take a blow at hands of Ranby Rangers

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It might just have been a very significant weekend in the Gainsborough and District Sunday League with vital games being in all three divisions.

In Division One the leaders White Horse had to make their first visit to Ranby Rangers and experience has shown down the years that victories are not always easy to come by at the prison.

Making life very difficult for White Horse from the kick-off it was the home team that claimed all three points after a 2-1 win, a result that puts White Horse’s title aspirations in some doubt.

The nearest challengers MUSC took advantage with a comprehensive 5-0 win at Epworth F C, certainly something of an unexpected scoreline if not result.

MUSC now have a single point lead and a game in hand.

FS Clumber kept their title hopes just on track after the narrowest of 1-0 wins at home to a battling Kings Arms who on another day might have taken something from the game.

FS Clumber have games in hand on the leaders but will need to win them all.

Real Canute’s hopes of retaining their title look all but over after they only managed a 2-2 draw at home to Rose and Crown.

Again this was a battling, determined performance by Rose and Crown to fully earn their point.

Leverton United deepened Northern’s relegation worries with a 2-1 win that was a good advert for the local soccer scene.

Without a win all season Elkesley F C have now had three wins in a row and the latest at Mattersey FC was unexpected but was fully deserved.

And who knows Elkesley F C may upset quite a few teams between now and the end of the season.

In Division Two the leaders Real Canutes Over 30s were gifted the points when opponents Olde Sun F C were unable to raise a team.

Their nearest challengers and perhaps their biggest danger Liberal Branch and King and Miller met on the Academy pitch in Gainsborough and it was the visitors King and Miller who claimed all three points after a single goal win, this despite having a player sent off.

Real Canutes have a 10-point lead and will take a lot of catching but if King and Miller keep up their current form they may be the biggest danger.

BFC Clumber remain as an outside bet after they defeated Retford neighbours Bridon A F C 6-1 in a very impressive display that fully warranted the one sided scoreline.

Gate Inn Sutton and Maltings Meercats had a real end to end game that had goals written all over it from the kick off and it was Gate Inn who claimed the points after a 5-3 victory.

Walkeringham FC recorded just their third win of the season and the first for quite a long time when the defeated B R S A 6-3.

Walkeringham FC remain bottom but have closed the gap on the teams just above them.

Misterton United and Tuxford Working Men’s Club could not be separated and the 2-2 draw was a fair reflection of the game.

In Division Three the two leaders Morton F C and Ship Inn Morton were without a game and in a titanic struggle Notts Diagonals and Kings Arms Reserves battled to keep their title challenge ongoing, Notts Diagonals winning 2-1.

If the number of games they have left to play does not work against them Notts Diagonals may yet be challengers for the title.

The three other games played in this division all finished as a draw with Horse and Jockey and Black Horse finishing drawing 2-2, Owston Ferry Sports Club and Ropery Inn also ending t2-2 and LRG Yates and Stanwood Engineering at 1-1.

Smiffys F C did not have to play for their points as Sherwood Grove were unable to raise a team to fulfil their fixture.