The 1st XI went head to head with West Fulham FC in a close and tightly contested dress rehearsal ahead of the teams meeting in the League Senior Cup Final next weekend. The first period was a close affair, which WFFC narrowly edged on build up and quantity of overall chances. However, their 44th minute opener was a tad fortuitous, as it bounced off Big Steve in Goal to give them the Interval lead.
Pleasingly the Ruts upped their tempo and all round effort in the second period and Paul Mears struck a very sweet sublime effort to level for the Ruts around the hour mark. Soon after this Super Sub Ollie Hicks made an immediate impact as he slotted home at the far post, following a neat team move culminating in a cross from Zac Graham.
The In form Mears then doubled his tally to make it a deserved brace after firing home from an acute angle, to make the final score 3 – 1 to the League Champions.
West Fulham had the opportunity to reduce the arrears from the penalty spot 5 minutes from time, which could have led to an interesting finale. However, Steve Asomaning had other ideas, as he pulled off an excellent save to ensure the Ruts 2 goal advantage remained intact = Well done team.
Erol’s 3rd XI finished their Season with a convincing 5 – 0 victory over Old Plymouthians Res FC, which leaves the lads recent relegation concerns as a forgotten concern. A vibrant hatrick from Benjamin Kennett and goals from Michael Truelove-Dodd and Kilo Moon providing the damage.
Good results today and let’s make sure we have plenty of Ruts support at the Final next week.