Sunday league side Ropsley Fox became the first Grantham team to win the County Cup when they beat Ivy Tavern of Lincoln 2-0 at Sincil Bank, Lincoln, today.
Ropsley dominated the game but almost fell behind when the otherwise excellent Lewis Watson was harshly judged to have fouled a Tavern player in the box.
But Foxes stopper Grant Davies made himself a hero by diving to his right to push the penalty away.
Despite dominating the opening 45 minutes Foxes were unable to break the deadlock, thanks in no small part to some accomplished goalkeeping.
However, they began the second-half where they left off in the first and finally took the lead on the hour mark.
A left-footed free-kick from the right was curled into the box and Scott Spearink found the corner with a glancing header.
Tavern pushed for an equaliser but never really threatened. Ropsley continued to look the more likely scorers but had to wat until stoppage time to make the win safe.
Tavern sent their goalkeeper up for an attacking corner and he was caught out as Ropsley broke at speed.
The ball was played through to Barry Payne who, ahead of the desperately charging back goalkeeper, had the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.
Foxes manager Richard Payne, speaking immediately after the game, said: “I’m over the moon. I’m still a bit in shock.
“The lads did really well first-half. I was a bit annoyed we didn’t go in one-nil up but at the end of the day they stuck to their guns and got the reward in the end.”
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