FOOTBALL: Harrowby get off to a cracker in Grantham Sunday League

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Grantham & District Sunday League

Premier Division

Premier Division

Red Lion Ruskington 3

Harrowby 7

Following some difficult early season games, the new season finally kicked off with a bang for Harrowby.

After going down 1-0 to Red Lion from the penalty spot, the visitors went straight up the field and scored with a determined effort from Ben Broad after great persistence.

Harrowby then went in front from a cross-cum-shot by Matt Leonard which beat the Ruskington keeper all ends up.

With Harrowby looking dominant in possession and playing the ball around neatly, Red Lion scored an equaliser through an error at the back.

But it was not long until Dale Dodwell restored the visitors’ lead with a long range deflected shot which beat the keeper.

The start to the second half was frantic for Harrowby who finally turned their domination into goals.

Excellent work from Hubert Chlopek made himself space to cross for Leonard to bag his second with a diving header.

Lee Marshall then finished off good work from Tom Wookey and put the ball in the back of the net at the second opportunity.

Chlopek then got on the scoresheet with a good finish after a neat back-heel from Lee Marshall in the box gave him space to shoot.

That brought the score to 6-2 within 15 minutes of the commencement of the second period.

There was still time for another goal from ale Dodwell, and a late slip-up at the back let in a third for the home team who had been well and truly beaten.

Man of the match for Harrowby was Matt Leonard but the performance from all members of the team was something for which they could be justly proud.

Division One

Ropsley 8

Ancaster Athletic 0

Ropsley were too strong for a spirited Ancaster side who have suffered a difficult start to the season.

The home side took the lead 10 minutes into the game when the Athletic were caught napping from a throw-in.

Leori Petrou collected the throw inside the box with his back to goal, spun and rifled a shot in off the far post from a tight angle.

The second came from a good team move before Rich Healey danced through the defence, rounded the Ancaster keeper and slotted home. Healey then laid one on a plate for Steve Petrou to tap home.

The fourth came from a penalty when Leori Petrou was fouled by the keeper. Richard “The Badger” Payne scored the first of two from the spot.

Healey made it five with a fine strike before winning a penalty which Payne converted.

Ryan Carley’s first saw him tap home a pass from James Noon to make it 7-0, before heading in a back post cross.

Ancaster went close too themselves late on, but a fine volley came back of the crossbar, with keeper Neil Graham rooted to the spot.