The 1st XI exited a Cup Competition after losing on penalties for the second time this Season! Although this one was probably slightly more frustrating as they had worked hard to secure a 2 – 0 lead over Kew Park Rangers FC, before being pegged back, conceding their 2nd goal late on 88 minutes.
This was a well-balanced competitive cup tie, in which the Ruts took the lead on 39 minutes after an exquisitely placed Lee Holland free kick was headed on to the crossbar by Alex Curme, with Will Mortimer seizing on the rebound first with a diving header from close range to put the Ruts in front.
In the second half the Ruts doubled their lead, when Sam Leatherby’s neatly placed through ball was latched onto by Billy Liffen, who sped forward before coolly slotting past the advancing KPR Keeper.
The tide began to turn when the Visitors notched a goal for themselves on 65 minutes, before they equalised on 88 minutes, taking the game straight to a penalty shootout which they ultimately won.
Our best wishes to KPR in the next round. Fabio Bagulho was the Ruts MOTM.
The 2nd XI bowed out of the Surrey Cup losing 4 – 3 against Warlingham FC, although Manager Jay Ramsey was pleased with his team’s performance. Sam Maclean notched a brace and the MOTM, with Kevin Foster also scoring for the Ruts.
The 3rd XI lost 2 – 0 to Purley Old Boys FC. Venue. Our thanks to Aaron Sandys for stepping up in Goal. Christian Cittie was the Ruts MOTM.
The 4th XI secured the Ruts only Win of the day as they comprehensively beat Real Holmesdale Res FC 6 – 1. The OR’s Goals came courtesy of Hamid Bensalim (2) Darren Bloomfield, Mark Todd, Abdel Hafidi and Simon Minihane. The returning Tom Hughes rolled back the years with an assured MOTM performance.
Our Walking Football Team lost 4 – 1 to AFC Wimbledon this morning. Paul Cook levelled with a powerful strike after the OR’s had initially fallen behind. A heavily deflected own goal put our hosts ahead, before 2 later goals sealed them their win. Our MOTM was Richard ‘Slats’ Slatford.
Best wishes to the Ruts teams tomorrow.