Ryhall beat Bels at the second attempt

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Ryhall United held on to a 2-0 lead against Stamford Bels on Saturday.

United threw away a two goal lead when the two sides last met but they made no mistake this time.

Joe Lippett and Barry Burton sealed the points in a scrappy local derby with hardly a shot on target during the entire first 45 minutes as both sides just cancelled each other out.

Ryhall looked the brighter team after the break and would have taken the lead ealy in the half had Will Thomas kept his close range shot down,

United started to find more space and did take the lead when Lippett fired his shot low into the bottom corner from 20 yards on the hour.

Ryhall should have doubled their lead when Barry Burton raced clear of the Bels defence and chipped the keeper but his effort went just the wrong side of the crossbar.

Bels surged forward in search of an equaliser but failed to penetrate Ryhall’s solid defensive line and with the game stretched Burton made amends for his earlier miss with just minutes remaining, slotting Ryhall’s second low under keeper Shaun Greetham to seal a vital, if not spectacular, win for Ryhall.

Ryhall: John Feetham, Michael Webb, Paul Sheehan, Rob Hilson, Robbie Blowers (Lee Barsby), Ant Sheehan, Mark Allum (Joe Lippett), James Farmbrough (James Sheehan), Danny Sheehan, Barry Burton, Will Thomas.