FOOTBALL: ‘Springy’ knock out Red Lion in Grantham Sunday League Cup

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Grantham & District Sunday League

Knockout Cup, first round

Springfield AFC 15

Red Lion Ruskington 0

Springfield progressed into the quarter-finals of the Sunday KO Cup with a comfortable drubbing of league newcomers Red Lion.

For a change, Springy started brightly from the off, spraying the ball around with confidence. The back four of Chappell, Duncan, Winters and Wilson were hardly called into action.

Debutant and man-of-the-match Darren Parker grabbed six goals, Luke Peberdy bagged a hat trick, Danny McDonald a brace, along with one apiece for Martin Proctor, Lee Smith-Collins, John Duncan and Aaron Conboy.

Springfield: McGhee, Chappell, Duncan, Winters, Wilson, Proctor, Vorley, Smith-Collins, McDonald, Parker, Conboy.

AFC Harrowby 2

Ruskington 1

After a dominant performance last week, AFC Harrowby returned to the Environcom Stadium in high spirits.

Stuart Parker came in for the absent Jack Ryder and Andy Willis replaced Ben Broad.

Harrowby saw off a spirited start from the visiting team but became increasingly impressive in possession, without getting the breakthrough during the first half.

The best chances came from Steve Turner andHubert Chlopek who had their efforts saved and come back off the bar respectively.

The home side dominated the ball at the start of the second half and eventually broke the deadlock with a fine individual break through the Ruskington defence from Matt Leonard who slotted the ball home with his right foot.

Hubert Chlopek increased the advantage with a tap-in from close range.

Ruskington scored a consolation goal despite a great save from Matthew Atter, but the home side progressed to the next round with ease and should have had a lot more goals.

Man of the match was Kyle Withers and match sponsor was Jeff Dixon Plumbing.