The 1st XI overcame a first half deficit against Epsom Kings FC, as they fell behind to a Penalty. The Ruts created chances in the period themselves, with the pick of the bunch being a Paul Gough free kick striking the post and an Elliott Gibbs Header smashing against the Crossbar.
Pleasingly the half time team-talk paid dividends, as Gough levelled from the spot after Skipper Paul Whitthread was shoved in the back. Soon after, the Ruts took the lead and began to take further control of the game as a clever header from Gibbs put the Ruts 2 – 1 ahead. A BIG shout out to OR’s Keeper Evan Watson at this juncture, as he pulled off a fantastic save, which prevented Epsom from levelling the match.
This was followed by a superb individual goal from Billy Liffen after his tenacious play saw him outmuscle his marker before flying down the flank, before slotting home for 3 – 1. With the OR’s pressure continuing Toby Lempriere was alert to fire home the Ruts 4th, which finally deflated the Sails of the Epsom Ship.
Make no mistake for the most part this was a very well contested match in what is looking like a decent Division, therefore the importance of winning individual battles all around the pitch today was the key to us securing all 3 points, enabling us to maintain an impressive start the 2020/21 campaign. Captain Whitto was the Ruts MOTM.
The 3rd Team went down 4 – 0 at Cheam Village Warriors FC. The lads held their own for much of the game before finding themselves 2 – 0 down by 70 minutes. 2 more goals cemented the home win for the hosts. The lads will be looking to secure their first points of the Season next time out..
The inclement Weather saw the 2nd & 4th XI Matches postponed.
Best wishes to the Ruts Youth teams tomorrow.