The 1st XI won 4 – 2 at Westminster Casuals FC today, as they turned around a 2 – 1 interval deficit in resilient fashion.
The OR’s were sluggish out of the blocks after not having played in the past two weeks, which showed early on and the hosts were on top for much of the first period, despite this the home keeper was actually the busier of the two, as he pulled off a number of decent saves.
The Casuals went ahead courtesy of a penalty around the 20 minute mark, after Fraser had tripped his opponent. 10 minutes later the Ruts levelled after great wing play from Billy Liffen saw his cross met at the far post by Zak Graham, who’s diving header evaded the keeper. The Casuals grabbed the lead on the cusp of the break after a bit of a mix up in the OR’s defence.
Fortunately, the Ruts really upped their game in the second half and created plenty of chances. Graham Rolfe levelled early in the half and he then followed this up with a stunning rasping effort from 20 yards to give the Ruts the lead and himself a well taken brace.
In the latter stages of the match Zak Graham put the result beyond doubt with good footwork and a clinical finish which earned him a brace too.
This was a hard fought closely contested match played largely at an impressive pace and with a decent match official helping things along too.
The 2nd XI went down 2 – 0 at Poplar Road to Motspur Park FC. Nil nil at the break before the visitors took the points with the goals, one of which was an own goal.
The 3rd XI were called off in bizarre fashion – A no show, from a non existent team and a pitch and ref bill both paid for by us so the only thing we gained was a 3 figure bill and presumably a Bye into the next round of the Lower Junior Cup.
The 4th XI were called off this morning.
Best wishes to the Vets and Junior teams tomorrow.