WITH the first heavy forst of winter hitting the area on Saturday, it was always going to be a close run thing as to whether the pitches would thaw for 2.15pm kick-offs.
But the Gainsborough League was fortunate to fins three of four scheduled games taking place.
The cancelled fixture was between East Drayton and Haxey FC, and with both teams having played fewer games then all their rivals it is a game neither could really afford to be called off.
In this just the second week in January Mattersey FC find themselves just one win from a title winning season, after an 11 game unbeaten run they are currently 10 points clear of their nearest rivals and with games in hand and it would need a catastrophic failure on Mattersey’s part to not win the League.
Gainsborough Town Canutes gave Mattersey a tough game but the title aspirations of Mattersey were not to be denied and a 3-1 win sets them up for the championship even at this early stage of the season.
All Mattersey FC’s nearest challengers have been far to inconsistent and Saturday saw both Harworth Colliery and B F C Birches fall to defeat giving Mattersey FC almost an unassailable lead.
Harworth Colliery were two goals up at half-time against Fox and Hounds who came out for the second half with a determination not to be beaten and in a game that was a credit to both and to the League Fox and Hounds scored three times to take the points after a 3-2 victory.
BFC Birches never really got their game together at home to Retford Town and only a late goal made the score look closer than it really was Retford Town winning 2-1 for a deserved victory.