The 1st XI secured a decent 7 – 1 victory at Claygate Royals FC, in what was a keenly contested match. Our thanks to Jon Mapp for keeping a tab on the goal tally.
1-0 – Billy Liffen struck a low drive from outside of the box, following a Fabio Bagulho back heel on 19 mins.
2-0 – Paul Gough penalty to the bottom left, following a superb surging run saw Will Mortimer fouled on 23 mins
3-0 – Fabio Bagulho strike from the centre of the box from a Liffen assist on 39mins
4-0 – Adam Randall strike also from the centre of the box, from a Liffen assist on 51mins
5-0 – A fine solo Billy Liffen goal after he beat the left back, before sliding the ball past the keeper on 65 mins
6-0 – Randall pounced with a side footed half volley from the centre of the box, with Liffen assisting again on 75 mins.
On 77mins the Hosts reduced the arrears.
7-1 – Adam Randall struck for his deserved hattrick from a Gough assist on 83mins.
Adam Randall and Billy Liffen were jointly awarded the Ruts MOTM award.
The 2nd XI drew 4 – 4 with Surrey Casuals FC at Poplar Road. The Ruts found themselves 4 – 1 down at the break and they had Billy Holder to thank for his long- range strike offering them a half time lifeline.
The second half was a different story as the Ruts really upped their performances. Young Billy Whitthread hit a delightfully struck angled shot from outside of the box to make it 2 – 4. Then, not to be outdone his Dad ‘Whitto Senior’ Paul headed home a Whitto Junior free kick to make it 3 – 4, and then in a very late and tense finale Jake Searles struck a great free kick from around 25 yards to level for the OR’s securing a deserved point in the process.
Manager Jay Ramsey was particularly pleased that 5 of his team were aged 20 and under, which is a great platform to build on.
The 3rd XI suffered a 4 – 0 defeat at Merton Social FC, whilst the 4th XI went down to a 2 – 0 reverse at Sutton High Res FC, with Manager Erol Yilmaz ruing 4 x inexplicable ‘no shows’.
Best wishes to the Ruts teams tomorrow.