FOOTBALL: Rival village side hunted down by Ropsley Fox ‘Bladerunners’

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Grantham & District Sunday League

Premier Division

Ropsley 1

Ropsley Fox 8

ROPSLEY Fox christened their new kit with a thumping win over derby rivals Ropsley.

The Foxes came out the blocks like a steam train and opened the scoring within a minute of the start. Great work down the right and a pinpoint cross from John Curall found Liam Warner in space and he steered his header over keeper Neil Graham.

Ropsley weathered the next few flurries with Graham pulling off some superb saves. But the resistance only lasted until the closing stages of the first half when a whipped-in corner from Joe Clarke found Barry Payne who headed in Fox’s second. This was quickly followed by a nice turn and flick finish from Nick Hardy to make the score 3-0 at half time.

The second half continued in much the same vein. Free flowing football led to a Joe Clarke through ball that Payne smashed home.

Foxes were then caught napping and a swift Ropsley counter-attack led to a foul in the box. Woody O’Connor stepped up to expertly slot home the penalty for a consolation.

The Foxes then made a couple of changes with Luke Ashworth and Shane Munton coming on to freshen things up. The substitutions seem to take the Foxes up a gear and some superb one touch passing put Warner behind the Ropsley backline and he pulled the ball back for Munton who coolly slotted into the bottom corner.

Good football again from the Foxes led to Hardy putting Warner through and he slotted his second goal of the game. Man of the match Payne completed his hat trick, nodding home a long Clarke throw. He then went one better with the goal of the game, plucking a Clarke through-ball out of the air and lobbing on-rushing goalie Graham for his fourth of the game.

Division One

Barrowby United 2

Springfield 9

SPRINGFIELD cruised to victory against a youthful Barrowby side.

The visitors took the lead through a well taken Vorley goal. Shaw then outpaced Barrowby’s defence and slipped the ball past the on-rushing keeper.

Webb smashed in to increase the lead before Shaw grabbed his second and Harrison made it 5-0 going into half time.

Barrowby came out more determined in the second half and pulled back two goals.

But Springfield stepped up a gear and Shaw completed his hat trick with a fine solo effort. Harrison bagged his second with a great shot and Chappell made it eight on his Springfield debut. A great move found Webb who rounded off the scoring.

Man of the match was A. Conboy.

Springfield: McGhee, Sterry, I. Blanchard, Whyley, Vorley, Stubbs, Conboy, Green, Webb, Harrison, Shaw, Chappell, N. Blanchard, Wilson.

Railway Club 4

Smiths of Bourne 2

RAILWAY had their first home game of the season with a new formation and much changed team.

In a tight first half, the midfield was dominated by Railway’s Aust, Walton and Tyler. Marshall and Barnes were unfortunate not to open the scoring. Aust also had a shot well saved by the Smiths keeper before Broad had a shot somehow deflected over the bar.

Railway again went on the offensive after the break which produced the first goal from an excellent forward run and cross by Redford with Chris Barnes slotting home to open his league account.

Railway doubled the lead with a good header from Marshall after great work and persistence from Weatherstone down the right.

A third Railway goal came when Redford’s shot was deflected in off a Smiths defender.

Smiths gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a shot from the edge of the box which just managed to get past Railway keeper Atter. The home side found themselves right back in the game when a massive bobble caught Atter unawares and the ball ended up in the back of the net for 3-2.

But Railway wrapped up the game with a break and finish by man-of-the-match Barnes which secured Railway the first win of the season.

Railway: Atter, Dodwell, Daykin, Broad, Redford, Walton, Aust, Tyler, Barnes, Marshall, Colyer. Subs: Barker, Wyles, Weatherstone, Liddiard, Eldred.