FOOTBALL: Ropsley Fox start pre-season in style

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Witham 1

Ropsley Fox 8

REIGNING Grantham Sunday League champions Ropsley Fox started their pre-season with an emphatic victory against a battling Witham side.

The Foxes started brightly and took the lead early on from a great run and drilled finish by Steve Johnson. The second came shortly after with good work down the right from man-of-the-match Shane Munon who crossed for Richard Payne to half-volley in off the post.

The second half was slow to get going but a 30-yard thunderbolt from Gary Measures, that gave keeper Barry Payne no chance, put Witham back in the game.

This only seemed to wake the Foxes up. Billy Stubbs scored two bullet headers and then added a further goal to complete his hat trick.

Munton scored to complete a good move and then the two strikers rounded off the scoring. First a cross from Munton was met by Scott Spearink who spotted the keeper off his line and looped the ball over him with his head. And then the never-ending workrate of Andy Glencross got its rewards when he raced on to a neat through-ball and slotted home.

Ropsley Fox: B. Payne, Smith, Stubbs, Warner, Clarke, Johnson, R. Payne, Bradley, Munton, Spearink, Glencross.

Ropsley Fox 3

Long Bennington 0

FOXES continued their good pre-season with a comfortable win against a physical Bennington side.

There were five more new signings on show and three of them got on the scoresheet. A good move down the left found Ryan Hare in space who crossed for Alex Robinson. He guided the ball into the corner of the net with a fine header.

Man-of-the-match Danny Winters and Liam Warner started to control the midfield and it was Winters who found George Petrou in space, and he cooly slotted past the keeper to make it 2-0. The scoring was completed before half time when debutant James Brown went on a mazy run and finished neatly.

The scoring remained the same despite youngsters Hare, Brown, Robinson and Petrou causing havoc in the Bennington half. A confident display from Lewis Clarke at the back and the impressive engine of Winters, helped by good hands from stand in goalkeeper Richard Payne, kept Bennington out.

Ropsley Fox: Lewis, Currall, Stubbs, L.Clarke, J.Clarke, Hare, Winters, Warner, Robinson, Petrou, Brown. Subs: Payne, Smith, Hardy, Rastall.

Buckminster 1

Harrowby United Reserves 1

HARROWBY started from the first whistle with Peberdy causing Buckminster trouble down their left side.

Within two minutes of the kick-off, Peberdy cut through the defence and had his effort saved by the keeper, but he could only parry it to Petrou who smashed the crossbar from two yards out and it bounced clear.

Five minutes later, Buckminster caught Harrowby asleep with a quick free kick which resulted in the first goal.

Some nice football from both sides saw chances at both ends that kept the keepers on their toes.

Harrowby found themselves on level terms with a neat exchange between Peberdy, Brown, Coleman and Abel. Abel finished the move with a sublime chip from 30 yards, lobbing the Buckminster keeper.

The second half brought much of the same with both terms creating chances, but neither could add to their tally. Harrowby felt unlucky at the end after a stonewall penalty was turned down with five minutes to go after McGregor was brought down in the area.

Harrowby: Scothern, Asher, Spencer, Wilson, Petrou, Turner, McDonald, McGregor, Peberdy, Brown, Coleman, Winters, Abel, Drury, Dixon, Sterry.

Gonerby Yellows U16 2

Retford U16 0

GONERBY Yellows got their new season under way with a pre-season friendly against Retford.

Yellows controlled the game from kick-off, with good, fast-flowing football and were rewarded with a neat goal from Sam Baker.

Retford had a couple of spells that threatened the home side and were unlucky not to score on two occasions, but Keeper Daniel Hibbert pulled off a fine save and left-back Alex McIntosh cleared off the line.

Yellows were rewarded when new signing Harry Hutton doubled the scoreline.