The 1st XI went down 4 – 3 to Junction Elite FC, in a match which could have gone either way, or ended as a draw.
The Ruts opened lively and gained a Penalty in the 3rd minute. However, the Home Keeper saved it and the opportunity for an early lead was missed.
10 minutes later the Ruts lost possession in the middle of the pitch and were sucker punched as the buoyed Hosts took the lead.
On 19 minutes the OR’s levelled in a good move as Sam Leatherby won the ball passing to Adam Randall who drove forward before playing a great through ball to Alfie Dulley who levelled well as he slotted past the keeper.
Despite both teams creating an equal amount of further 1st half chances, it was the Hosts who were far more clinical as they hit a trio of goals in a 9-minute spell before the half hour mark!
The Ruts left their second half rally a tad too late to secure something from the match. Randall and Billy Liffen strike’s both hit the crossbar, although it took until the 82nd minute for the Ruts to reduce the arrears when a Dan Creasey cross was firmly struck home by Harry Swain.
Late OR pressure saw a home player handball the ball in to the net to make it 4 – 3. Sam Leatherby was our MOTM.
The A Team secured a 2 – 1 win against Warlingham Res FC at Poplar Road thanks to Goals from Reuben McCardle & Dan Wallis. Liam Washford Bent was the OR’s MOTM.
The B Team had a great Away trip at NPL ‘B’ FC, as they hit 5 goals, courtesy of a Alex Blenkinsop hatrick, plus further strikes from Chris Blenkinsop & Mark Todd. The hatrick man also deservedly secured the Ruts MOTM nod.
Best Wishes to all of the Ruts teams competing tomorrow if their matches survive the heavy rain!