ROPSLEY earned a tough win away to South Witham in the side’s final warm-up game of the season on Sunday.
The two newly promoted sides played a fixture which was competitive throughout, with Ropsley striker Tom Parrish proving the difference between the two sides.
Ropsley took the lead mid way through the first half when Parrish combined with full-back Dave Evans before finding the bottom corner with his left foot from the edge of the area.
In the second half Ropsley appeared to be heading towards a comfortable victory when Parrish grabbed his second.
Will Price was a thorn in Witham’s side throughout and he drove in a low cross from the right which Parrish thumped home first time from the penalty spot.
South Witham pulled themselves back into the game with a screamer from Craig Moore. Ropsley defended a corner but the ball fell to Moore outside the box who rifled it straight into the top corner.
Witham were soon level when an excellent free-kick from the left was whipped towards the back post and headed home by Danny Moore.
It looked like the spoils would be shared until Parrish popped up again to grab his third of the game.
Latching onto a mistake in the South Witham defence, Parrish pushed the ball past the goalkeeper, slipped past a defender and smashed home a powerful strike, beating the keeper at his near post.