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Concerns mount as Boca Blues miss Elkesley clash

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

Honours even: FS Clumber were held to a draw at the weekend.

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A total of 19 fixtures were scheduled for the second week of the new season in the Gainsborough and District Sunday league.

One worrying sign was the absence of the Boca Blues Club for the first game in the Premier league away to Elkesley FC.

To be short of players so soon in the season is not a good omen for the future and will need to be sorted out.

Mattersey have made an excellent start to the season and after last week's opening day victory they battled their way to a 2-1 win over MUSC.

Reigning champions FS Clumber had to settle for a draw in their all Retford game against Vine Inn Athletic and the 2-2 scoreline reflected just how close it was.

Ranby Rangers, with what appears to be a much better team this season, were far too good for North Wheatley Phoenix who are quickly realising just how tough the top division can be.

The 6-0 result was no fluke and the fitter, quicker, Ranby were full value for this win.

In Division One, Harworth Pavilion showed they mean business this season with an emphatic 6-1 first game win that was achieved in a most emphatic style.

Liberal Branch and Leverton United fought out a seven goal thriller which was settled in Liberal Branch's favour with a very late winning goal.

The experienced Canutes FC showed their know how to defeat Rose and Crown 4-1.

While they may not be the quickest team in the league they do have an awful lot of experience and they used this to good effect in this very good opening day win.

Northern FC and Moorends Social Club had a very close game that finished 3-3.

It was the second week in a row Moorends have finished with this score, but the game was just as tight as the scoreline suggested and was a fair result.

There are three teams in Division Two with a 100 per cent record after two games, the two Isle of Axeholme teams Epworth FC, Cross Keys Wroot and Beckett Arms and all three will feel this could be their season.

Cross Keys Wroot were far too good for newcomers Sherwood Grove and the 7-0 win did not flatter the winners.

Epworth FC after last weeks eight goal romp had to battle a lot harder this week when they entertained Misterton United just edging the game 3-2.

Both teams had chances in the game and the result was in doubt right up to the end.

Beckett Arms are certainly making a much better start this season after a very disappointing time last year and the 3-0 victory over Clarborough FC following last week's opening day victory should be a good confidence boost.

Two of the promoted teams, Walkeringham FC and BRSA, met at Walkeringham and it was the visitors who just edged a close five-goal game.

Walkeringham were Division Three champions last season and they will have to quickly adapt to life in the higher division if they are to enjoy anything like another successful season, while BRSA can on this performance look forward to another very good season.

Tuxford WMC completely outplayed new boys BAFC Vine 6-0 to give their season a kick start after losing last week.

In Division Three two of the new boys got their season off to six goal starts with Lime Bar defeating Brickmakers Arms 6-1 and Morton FC returning from Owston Ferry SC with a similar score.

Both Gainsborough teams look to have put together strong squads for this division and on the evidence of these first day victories will be a force in this division.

Gate Inn Sutton were relegated last season from Division Two but they started life this season with a narrow 2-1 win at Kings Arms Thirds.

The game was always very close and both teams will feel they should have taken something from the game.

The all-Gainsborough game between Jack and Jill and Ropery Rangers was settled by the former thanks to a single goal.

The all-Retford clash between Grove Mill Peacocks and Newcastle Arms saw the latter take the points thanks to a close 1-0 victory.

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