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.