Sunday League Round Up - 17th April 2011
17 April 2011 | Craig Holland
As the league enters the last four weeks of the season, the chase for the title honours in all three divisions becomes more intense and, with a number of midweek games over the next few weeks, there are sure to be many twists and turns........
In Division One, long-time leaders MUSC appear to have lost form at just the wrong time and the chasing pack are now within one point, and most have games in hand.
MUSC lost to Flying Scotsman to put a severe dent in their title aspirations.
Current champions Friendship FC are making a strong challenge to retain their title. Playing BFC Joiners Arms, they just edged the contest 3-2
BFC Joiners had won 2-1 in midweek against Vine Inn Athletic to keep up the challenge, but the defeat to Friendship is a bit of a blow.
Real Ropery stayed within striking distance of the leaders after a very hard fought 3-2 away win at Leverton United.
Real Ropery are now in fourth spot in the table and, if any of the top teams drop points, they are still near enough to challenge.
Elkesley FC and Mattersey were both looking for points to pull away from the relegation area and, in another very close game, it was just Mattersey who took the three points after a 2-1 win.
Kings Arms had their first win for some time when they defeated bottom of the table East Markham 4-1. Kings Arms are comfortable in mid-table while East Markham look sure to finish bottom.
In Division Two, Vine Inn have a five-point lead at the top after a narrow 2-1 victory at Grove Mill.
Vine Inn do seem able to grind out the wins even when they are not at their best, and the game highlighted this, with Grove Mill probably having more of the play, but it was Vine Inn who won the points.
Kings Arms Reserves and Beckett Arms had a nine-goal thriller, before Beckett Arms just hung on to win 5-4. This win lifts Beckett Arms intro third place in the table, with six games remaining.
White Hart United have struggled in recent weeks and conceding two own goals was to cost them dear once again this week when they went down to a 3-2 defeat by Marshalls Sports.
In Division Three Maltings FC are almost champions as, with just three games remaining, they have a nine-point lead on their nearest challengers Rose & Crown, they odds on for the title.
Rose & Crown were facing defeat at Ingleby Arms, when they were 4-1 down, but a stirring fightback saw them cement second place in the table with a 6-4 victory.
Stanwood Engineering had a surprising 3-2 away win at Cross Keys Wroot to record only their third win of the season.
Boat Inn Hayton defeated bottom club Owston Ferry SC for the second week running, this time 4-1, to stay firmly in fourth place.
The Sporting Club Cup semi-finals both produced very tight games and narrow victories. The final on April 28 will be an all-Division Two contest between Friendship Over-35 and Harworth Pavilion.
Friendship Over-35 just edged out Horse & Jockey 1-0 in a game that never really got going, and Harworth Pavilion defeated Mowbray Arms 2-1.
Neither of the finalists will be too bothered how they reached the final and both will feel they have a great chance of cup glory.