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15 May 2011 | Craig Holland

The 2010/11 season entered its final week with both the Division One and Division Two titles still to be decided and, after what has been a very long and weather-interrupted season, the clubs chasing honours all had at least two fixtures this week.......

BFC Joiners Arms and Flying Scotsman played Tuesday evening, both knowing nothing less than a victory would be good enough.

BFC Joiners Arms had far too much attacking power for Leverton United and the 6-0 score reflected just how much stronger they are.

Flying Scotsman kept their outside chance of taking the title alive when they defeated fellow Retford team Vine Inn Athletic 6-1.

The Division Two title was all but decided on Tuesday night when Friendship Over-35 were defeated by Marshalls Sports which, barring a mathematical miracle, meant Vine Inn were the champions, and this was confirmed on Thursday when Vine Inn won a very close match 2-1 against Friendship Over-35.

Just to emphasise their position Vine Inn won again on Sunday, this time 5-0 against Sherwood Rangers.

Congratulations to Tommy Parker and his team, who have been at the top for most of the season.

In Division One, the title was still up for grabs on the last day, with Friendship FC, BFC Joiners Arms and Flying Scotsman all with a chance.

Friendship had picked up three points in midweek when Vine Inn Athletic had been unable to raise a team, meaning if Friendship FC picked up a point at Ranby Rangers on Sunday they would be champions. In the event, this is what they did and, despite being held 2-2, this was to prove to be just enough to win the closest title race for several years.

Nearest challengers BFC Joiners had a very difficult fixture at long-time leaders MUSC and victory was far from assured. A very good game finished 4-3 in favour of MUSC, ending a brave challenge by the Retford team that had to play an awful lot of games in the last few weeks.

Flying Scotsman picked up three points without playing when East Markham could not raise a team, an outcome that saw them finish runners-up to Friendship FC.

The top four teams in the division have had a season-long battle and, when the title is not decided until the last game of the season, you know what a very good season it has been.

Congratulations to Friendship FC, but Flying Scotsman, BFC Joiners Arms and MUSC all deserve credit.

Grove Mill finished the season in good form to finish as runners-up in Division Two.

In Division Three with the top two places already decided, just late season bragging rights were up for grabs when Maltings FC faced Rose & Crown in a free-scoring typical end of season game.

It was Rose & Crown who claimed those rights by winning 8-5 in a game where neither team defended.

Maltings FC have won the Division by seven points in the end and, with just two defeats all season, they are very worthy champions.

After a season of disruption, all the players and officials deserve great credit for getting most games played, and the league will no doubt have to look at just how many games are played early season in the future.

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