The 1st XI drew 0 – 0 at Frenches Athletic FC earlier today. It was a pretty close match, although the Ruts certainly had more chances overall. However, our usually incredibly potent scorers were unable to break the deadlock on this occasion.
That said, the Hosts are a decent outfit and yours truly was personally impressed by their performance earlier in the season at Poplar Road.
Given that all 3 of our subs were injured or unwell, it was quite handy that they were not required until the final stages. Unfortunately, Michael Beard took a step too far by attempting to play, as he soon departed again a short time later, as his injury was still very apparent.
Despite having numerous opportunities ourselves, Frenches had some decent openings too and OR’s Keeper Evan Watson deservedly secured the MOTM award with 3 first class saves, a full stretch dive and tip around in the first half and in the second period a superb block with his legs thwarted a scoring opportunity. Evan then cemented his award with a stunning save in the last minute.
The 4th XI achieved a fine 3 – 2 away win at Brentford Free FC. The Ruts goals came courtesy of a Harry Reeder brace and a further strike from Sam Colebrook.
Best wishes to the Ruts Junior teams tomorrow.
The 1st XI are Away to Frenches Athletic FC. Venue: Wallfield, Green Lane (off Park Lane) Reigate, Surrey RH2 8JY. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
The 2nd & 3rd XI’s Seasons have now finished.
The 4th XI are Away to Brentford Free FC.Venue: Meadhurst Club,Chertsey Rd, Sunbury, TW16 7LN. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams this coming weekend
The 1st XI secured a decent 2 – 0 home win against Tooting Bec Res FC earlier today, in a match that pitched 1st v 2nd in the table. Pleasingly the ensuing victory enhanced the OR’s pole position, with just 3 games to play.
A tight first half saw Zak Graham fire a rasper in the 15th minute, only for his effort to slam the post and then ricochet across goal past the other post and away to safety.
However, in the 34th minute a supreme Chris Beard half volley glided in to the visitors net to secure the interval lead for the OR’s.
In the second period the Ruts missed a few decent chances with a couple of headers from Duncan Fraser void, with one being quite close and then a late Zak Graham free-kick from the Ruts left wing touchline evaded the Tooting keeper to cement the 3 points for the Ruts.
The 2nd XI away match saw a Ruts team having to forfeit it owing to lack of players with way too many blowouts late on.. Fortunately we very rarely fall foul to this issue though.
The 3rd XI suffered a narrow 1 – 0 defeat to Wandgas Vets FC.
The 4th XI went down 4 – 2 to NPL 4s in the Joe Hankin Cup Scorers Sam Colebrook and ??? TBC
Best wishes to all the Ruts Junior teams tomorrow.
The 1st XI secured a 3 – 0 Home win against Goldfingers FC at Poplar Road thanks to a Zak Graham Hatrick. The Ruts MOTM was Dan Lawrence.
The somewhat depleted 2nd XI suffered a double defeat against high flying Woodmansterne Hyde FC in their Double Banker with a number of 3rd and 4th XI Players stepping up to help the cause. However, the Ruts went down 5 – 2 and 4 – 1 with Sam Colebrook notching in both matches and Paul Gough scoring the other Ruts goal.
The 3rd and 4th XI’s were without fixtures.
And then a number of us headed off to Lords Cricket Ground for a splendid ORA Annual Dinner = Smashing Evening.
Best wishes to the Junior Ruts Youth teams today.
Driven by this years Association President Craig Wellstead, the Ruts were delighted to receive a Certificate and recognition from the Aspire Communications Group recently.
Another Ruts legend Graham ‘Boo Boo’ Larcombe was on hand at the Luncheon to be part of the event, which is very close to the hearts of both the Larcombe family and Craig.
UPDATED – To reflect the time change to the 2nd XI Kick Off Times.
The 1st XI are at Home to Goldfingers FC. Kick Off is at 2.30pm at Poplar Road.
The 2nd XI travel to Woodmansterne Hyde FC for a Double Banker. Venue: Woodmansterne Sports Club, Woodmansterne Street, Woodmansterne SM7 3NH. The KO of the first match is now at 1.30pm, the second match will follow afterwards.
The 3rd & 4th XI’s do not have fixtures scheduled.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams this coming weekend.
The 1st XI’s double banker against old rivals and fellow title challengers Wandgas FC saw a 4 – 1 win for the Ruts in the first match and a 1 – 0 defeat in the second match. However, favourable results elsewhere saw the OR’s secure a 7 point lead at the top of the table.
A much changed and depleted 2nd XI went down 4 – 0 to Merton Social Reserves, whilst the 3rd XI secured a very important 2 – 1 victory over Chessington KCFC ‘A’ FC. The 4th XI did not play today.
More details and scorers may follow in due course.
Best wishes to the Ruts Junior Teams tomorrow.