The 1st XI secured their place in the Surrey Intermediate Cup Final for the first time, as they overcame Cranleigh FC at Poplar Road, in what was a well officiated match.
Headed goals at either end of the first half from Zak Graham and Paul Whitthread provided the Ruts with the interval cushion from a well balanced half.
The Ruts appeared to have made the game safe when Captain Chris Beard fired the OR’s into a 3 goal lead after the break. However, Cranleigh often looked threatening on the break and they reduced the arrears with about 10 minutes to go. Pleasingly the Ruts held firm thereafter and Zak Graham hit the teams 4th goal in the final stages to earn himself a brace, making the final score 4 – 1.
Congratulations to Nick Raggett and his team on reaching the final against Wandgas FC to make it an all SSEC affair, which is very most likely to be a very tight match on the 18th of April.
The Venue is TBC, as the scheduled new Meadowbank ground is behind schedule and will not be ready in time.
The 2nd XI Match was postponed and the 3rd XI had a week off.
The 4th XI can be proud of their efforts in the semi final of the Teck Cup. Old Isleworthians had gained two sizeable victories over Boo’s team in the League and to be honest, they should be playing Intermediate football, rather than Junior.
Despite Boo’s emphatic pre-match instructions, the lads didn’t manage to carry out his request, as they promptly fell 2 goals behind very early on against their strong opposition.
Massive credit to the team though, as they did not crumble and rallied brilliantly and managed to spin the scoreline on it’s head by taking a 3 – 2 lead. Play maker Dean Riordan struck a stunning free kick, the impressive Kai Walker stabbed home the second and Casey Vickery hit a sweet 3rd goal against a temporarily rattled opposition!.
The lads were unable to hold out though and finally went down 7 – 3. Great effort from the team though.
Best wishes to the Vets and Junior Teams tomorrow if their games survive the elements.