Old Rutlishians AFC (Old Ruts) is made up of ex-pupils of Rutlish School, amateur sportsman from the local community and the friends and relatives of existing players. It was reformed after a 58 year absence in the summer of 1990 having originally run from 1907 until 1932 when it folded after being replaced by Rugby as the popular winter sport at the Old Rutlishians
The 1st XI secured a hard fought 3 points at Whitton Villians FC earlier today. The match was highly competitive throughout, with both teams well up for the challenge ahead.
The hosts went into an early lead with a well struck effort which offered Evan Watson no chance and the match was end to end for the first 30 minutes before the Ruts started to gain the upper hand as Paul Gough hit the Whitton Woodwork and then shortly before half time another free kick was converted at the far post by Fabio Bagulho, as the first half ended equal at 1 – 1.
In the second half the Ruts upped a gear and created plenty of chances which eventually paid off as Ruts MOTM Billy Liffen put the OR’s 2 – 1 up. Not to be outdone Whitton soon levelled to make it 2 – 2. Bagulho then struck for his brace, as he put the Ruts into a deserved 3 – 2 lead direct from a corner midway through the half.
Another Gough free kick smashed against the goal frame and both teams continued to cause threats to each other’s defences. Pleasingly our whole team battled outstandingly to ensure we returned home to Poplar Road with 3 points.
Big shout out to every player as they all put in impressive shifts.
The 2nd XI went down 3 – 2 at Frenches Athletic Reserves. Sam Leatherby scored for the second week in a row and Mark Todd scored the other Ruts Goal. OR’s keeper Sam Maclean was the Ruts MOTM.
The 3rd and 4th XI’s both lost their opening League fixtures. 3rds 0 – 7 v AFC Walcountians Reserves and the 4s 8 – 2 at Panthers Reserves, ironically the 4s opened and closed the match day scoring in this game thanks to Conor Ward and Ollie Hicks efforts.
The new 1st XI secured a hard fought 1 – 0 League Campaign Opener against Old Plymouthians FC this afternoon. A tight close game saw the Ruts thankful for Evan Watson’s quality one on one stop in the 12th minute, before MOTM Paul Gough fired the Ruts into a 1st Half Lead. Toby Lempriere also had a debatable offside effort ruled out.
Joint Player Manager Jon Mapp enthused ‘this was a fantastic result as the lads started their Intermediate football journey with a 1 – 0 win. The team battled hard for 90 + 10 mins. We go again next week’.
The 2nd XI went down 3 – 1 at Junction Elite. Certain aspects of this match are better left unsaid on social media. Impressive debutant Sam Leatherby scored the Ruts Goal.
In the Friendly Matches, we knew it would be a tall order for the 3rd and 4th XI’s against Sutton High’s 1st and 2nds. The Ruts went down 6 nil and 2 – 1 respectively with the Ruts goal scored by Freddie Patterson. Well fought everyone. Our thanks to Boo for reffing the 2nd half of the 3rds Match.
Best wishes to the Ruts Youth Junior Teams tomorrow.
A massive and historic day for both the Whitthread Family and the Ruts today. Our ever youthful Club Legend Paul ‘Whitto’ Whitthread our 1st XI Player of the Year in 14/15 and 15/16 introduced his Son Billy to Men’s Football this afternoon. The lad did very well and he only turned 16 just yesterday!! Brilliant occasion and a bright future