The Weekend Ahead – Saturday 15th May 2021.

The 1st XI have a Week off and return to action on the 22nd of May.

The 2nd XI are at Home to Frenches Res FC. Venue – Prince Georges, Grand Drive. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 3rd XI are Away to OW Shaftesbury Res FC. Venue – Wimbledon Common Extensions. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 4th XI are at Home to South London Elite FC. Venue – Prince Georges, Grand Drive. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

Best Wishes to all of the Ruts Teams this coming Weekend.

Results Round Up – Saturday 8th May 2021.

The Ruts achieved two Victories, whilst also suffering two defeats in a highly eventful afternoon earlier on today.

The 1st XI played out an incredibly tight top of the table clash against a talented Richmond & Kew FC and ultimately they came out marginal winners in a 1 – 0 Win thanks to a thunderbolt strike from Lee Holland.

The Visitors enjoyed the better chances in the first period, which also saw a fair few challenges from both teams, make the proceedings quite feisty & tense at times. This high tempo clash changed course to some degree, following straight red cards to midfielders from both teams, around the half hour mark. I am open to debate on this one, although from my viewpoint, an RK player stamped on one of ours who retaliated, which meant both teams had to continue with 10 men.

The 2nd period was equally tight and potentially heading for a goalless draw. However, around 10 minutes from time Ruts Midfielder Lee Holland superbly controlled the ball in his path and unleashed a truly stunning 30 yarder, which was deserving of winning any game.

In the very final minutes of injury time the OR’s were reduced to 9 men, although the lads saw out the closing stages well to secure an important 3 points. Ruts Keeper Evan Watson got the MOTM nod amongst many candidates for producing 2 outstanding saves, one either side of the interval.

R & K remain top on goal difference, and they also have a game in hand. So, whatever, the outcome is in their remaining 2 games, versus our 1 game on the 22nd. Best wishes to both teams with their conclusions to the Season. What will be, will be. #GrassRootsFootball.

The 2nd XI secured an impressive 4 – 0 against Oxted & District Res FC. A brace from Steve Berry, plus strikes from Thomas Boylan and Adam Randall earning the Victory, with Bradley Szreider impressing well securing him the MOTM.

The heavily depleted 3rd XI had to play with 10 men throughout, in their long distance away fixture at NPL ‘A’ following plenty of late blowouts. The lads lost 7 – 1, although I personally ‘doff my cap’ to Player Manager Christian Cittie for ensuring his team fulfilled the fixure, which even meant an Uber trip to Staines for some of our Players to enable this despite the circumstances. A top effort from Christian and his team . Mark Todd notched the OR’s consolation goal.

The largely Senior 4th XI suffered a hefty 9 -0 reverse against much younger opposition in Surrey Casuals FC.

Manager Erol Yilmaz awarded Graham ‘Bernie’ Winter the Ruts MOTM award.

Best wishes to all Ruts teams involved in Sporting Fixtures tomorrow.

The Weekend Ahead – Saturday 8th May 2021.

The 1st XI are at Home to Richmond & Kew FC. Venue – Prince Georges, Grand Drive. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 2nd XI are at Home to Oxted & District Res FC. Venue – Prince Georges, Grand Drive. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 3rd XI are Away to NPL ‘A’ FC. Venue – Springwest Academy, Bowells Road, Feltham, TW13 7EF. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 4th XI are Home to Surrey Casuals FC. Venue – Prince Georges, Grand Drive. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

Best Wishes to all of the Ruts Teams this coming Weekend.

Old Ruts Walking Football – Monday 3rd May 2021.

An enjoyable afternoon on Bank Holiday Monday saw our ORA Chairman Kevin Wilde make his official debut for Old Ruts Football in a fantastic Round Robin Walking Football Tournament with our Friends from AFC Wimbledon.

Old Ruts Team ‘A’ won the day with some impressive goals scored by Club Leg-ends Darren Knott, Phil Rea and Erol Yilmaz. Lee ‘Trigger’ Poulter also notched a brace for Old Ruts ‘B’ in the tournament.

L to R – Alex Pugh, Kevin Wilde, Phil Rea, Simon Hithersay, Erol Yilmaz, Paul Riches, Darren Knott,, Martin Killerby.

Results Round Up – Saturday 1st May 2021.

The 1st XI were on the cusp of earning all 3 points at Most Wanted Elite FC last Saturday having lead 1 – 0 for virtually all of the 2nd half, courtesy of a well taken Goal from MOTM Billy Liffen. However, a late sting in the tail put a major dent in the Ruts title ambitions as follows.

This was a very tough and often feisty match on a poor pitch, which made it hard for both teams throughout the afternoon. After securing the lead soon after the interval the OR’s were looking good to secure a narrow win, only for the Hosts to snatch a very late leveller in the final few seconds! That’s football for you. We go again next week against the new League Leaders.

The 2nd XI secured a 2 – 1 Victor at Wilf Kroucher FC, Ruts MOTM Steve Berry and Sam Leatherby scored the Ruts all important goals.

The 3rd XI went down 3 – 0 to Sporting 50 Res FC with Darren Bloomfield earning the Ruts MOTM Award.

The 4th XI put in a strong display against League Leaders Home Purley Old Boys FC, frustratingly they were undone 1 – 0, by a 85th minute powerfully headed goal, which ultimately secured all 3 points for the Visitors.. Manager Erol Yilmaz awarded Steve Rowlands the OR’s MOTM.

The Weekend Ahead – Saturday 1st May 2021.

The 1st XI are Away to Most Wanted Elite FC. Venue -Norbury Nuffield Centre, 1212 London Rd, SW16 4DN. Kick Off is at 3.00pm.

The 2nd XI are Away to Wilf Kroucher FC. Venue – Wimbledon Common Extn Off A3, Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 3rd XI are Away to Sporting 50 Res FC Venue – Goals Tolworth, Kingston Rd, KT5 9NT. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 4th XI are at Home to Purley Old Boys FC. Venue – Prince Georges, Grand Drive, SW20 9DY. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

Best Wishes to all of the Ruts Teams this coming Weekend.

Results Round-Up – Saturday 24th April 2021.

The 1st XI secured the Ruts only victory of the day as they beat Epsom Kings FC 4 – 1 at Meadowbank to regain their top of the table spot after briefly losing it earlier in the day.The Ruts got off to a decent start as Captain Paul ‘Whitto’ Whitthread headed home a Jude Kinsella cross in the 12th minute. Then on 25 mins a Paul Gough pass was delightfully floated home by Kevin Foster’s right foot (yes, right foot!)

In the second period Gough put the OR’s 3 nil up with a long range free kick on 52 mins. The Ruts tally was increased to 4 goals when Fabio Bagulho neatly headed home a Billy Liffen cross on 73 mins.Epsom spoiled the Ruts aims of a clean sheet in the 89th minute through a heavily deflected shot, although the all-important outcome of securing 3 points was successfully achieved. Whitto was the Ruts MOTM.

The depleted 2nd XI put in a decent shift away to League Leaders South Croydon and were actually level until the 75th minute after Sam Leatherby had scored the Ruts goal.However, the steam ran out of the OR’s engine after a sinbin reduced the lads to 10 men, which boosted the hosts opportunities which they pounced on and swiftly slotted 4 more goals. Adam Randall was the OR’s MOTM.

The 3rd XI felt they deserved something out of their narrow 4 – 3 defeat to Merton Social FC. However, it was not to be and Darren Bloomfield, Aaron Sandy’s and Steve Berry’s goals were merely consolations. Player Manager was the MOTM for his contribution to the Ruts cause.

The 4th XI were also quite a few regulars light as they went down 3 – 1 Away to Wanderers Res FC. Our Scorer and MOTM are tbc.

Best Wishes to the Ruts Youth teams tomorrow.

The Weekend Ahead – Saturday 24th April 2021.

The 1st XI are Away to Epsom Kings FC. Venue – Meadowbank, Mill Lane, Dorking RH4 1DX. Kick Off is at 4.00pm. Please note there is NO Parking at the Ground. Use the Public Car Park nearby.

The 2nd XI are Away to South Croydon FC. Venue – John Fisher Sports Ground, Limpsfield Rd, CR6 9RD. Kick Off is at 1.00pm.

The 3rd XI are at Home to Merton Social FC. Venue: Prince Georges, Grand Drive, SW20 9DY. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 4th are Away to Wanderers Res FC. Venue: Wimbledon Common Extensions. Kick Off is at 1.00pm.

Best Wishes to all of the Ruts Teams this coming Weekend.

Results Round Up – Saturday 17th April 2021.

The 1st XI played out two very competitive games at Poplar Road earlier, as they hosted Ashtead FC in a Double Header. As we all know earning 6 points from a double header is a tough order for all teams and today’s exchanges endorsed this fact further as both teams achieved 3 points apiece.

The Ruts lost the first game 1 – 0, although there were justly aggrieved at being denied a perfectly good last minute equaliser when Whitto powerfully headed home from a Corner, alas the Ref spotted an infringement elsewhere in the box and the Ruts were left to rue their unjust misfortune. Our in-house VAR backs up our thoughts, although, as we all make mistakes we had to take it on the chin and bounce back in game 2, which we duly did. Elliott Gibbs was the OR’s MOTM, as his display in both games was incredibly solid, as per usual.

In the second game the Ruts bounced into a 2 goal first half lead. Firstly through a deft team move, which had an initial hint of offside about it, this move saw an alert Jude Kinsella continuing to play the game despite loud appeals and he neatly crossed for Fabio Bagulho to fire home.

Centre half Elliott Gibbs then scored a delightfully crafted long range goal as he spotted the opportunity well with the keeper superbly evaded. Ashtead then reduced the arrears shortly before the interval to make it ‘all to play for’ in the final period.

Pleasingly the Ruts performance continued to improve as the afternoon wore on and Billy Liffen wrapped up the 3 points when he fired home after another decent team move (Video to follow). Despite securing this decent cushion Ashtead continued to be a real threat from set pieces especially, and as the game drew towards its conclusion the OR’s had keeper Evan Watson to thank for pulling off 2 outstanding saves to keep the Ruts 3 points firmly in locker. Fabio Bagulho was the Ruts MOTM in this match.

The 2nd XI also secured 3 points from 6 at Tooting Bec ‘B’ FC in a Double Header. The OR’s won 1 game 3 – 2 thanks to goals from Sam Leatherby, Thomas Boylan and utter club legend Lee ‘Trigger’ Poulter, with Boylan securing the MOTM. In the defeat Boylan and Leatherby struck again, with Jamie DeCruz the MOTM.

The 3rd XI suffered a 6 -1 reverse against North Leatherhead FC. The Ruts consolation was scored by Jeff Oppong-Baah, with Liam Washford-Bent earning the Ruts MOTM award.

The ‘Veteranesque’ 4th XI played out a 2 -2 draw with London Olympia FC, with the OR’s goals coming from long term stalwarts and Leg-ends Erol Yilmaz and Graham ‘Bernie’ Winter, with the latter also notching the MOTM award for his effervescent display.

Best Wishes to the Ruts Junior teams tomorrow.