The 1st XI are Away to Royal Holloway Old Boys FC. Venue: Royal Holloway College Sports Centre, (Noble Field), Prune Hill, Egham, Surrey TW20 0ES. Kick Off is 3.00pm.
The 2nd XI are Away to NPL Res FC in the League Premier Shield Qtr Final. Venue: NPL Sports Club, Queens Rd, Teddington, TW11 0LW. Kick Off is 2.00pm.
The 3rd XI are Away to Croygas Falcons FC in the League Junior Shield. Venue: Croygas Sports Club, Mollinson Drive, Wallington SM6 9BY. Kick Off is 2.30pm.
The 4th XI are Away to AMY Res FC. Venue: Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston Rd, Kingston KT1 3PB. Kick Off is 2.00pm.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams this weekend.
With the 1st, 3rd and 4th XI’s matches all Postponed, the 2nd XI knew that Storm Dennis was absolutely no contest for the Poplar Road pitch and their match went ahead as scheduled.
In a close and well contested first half the Ruts secured a 2 – Nil half time lead against Old Boys Clapham FC, this was thanks to a Steve Berry goal following a decent team move in the 27th minute, then in the 34th minute Alex Blenkinsop impressively doubled the Ruts lead.
The second half was equally well competed between the two sides and the Ruts thought they’d added a 3rd goal, although it was ruled out for Offside.
Around the 70th minute Ryan Kennett came off of the bench only to be back in the dugout very shortly afterwards, From our position it did not look anything like a Red card offence, possibly yellow at worst, although we are hoping OBCFC will be sharing footage with us to confirm either way.
The visitors fired a decent goal back to make the finale tense. The Ruts circumstances were then compounded when Baker saw yellow, followed by a nonsensical sin-bin, which left the lads to see out the match with 9 players. Pleasingly, the lads held firm and defended resolutely to secure a well deserved 3 points.
Joint Manager Jon Mapp claimed ‘ this was a well ground out 2 – 1 win for the Reserves to leapfrog Old Boys Clapham. The effort shown by the boys after going down to 10 and then 9 was exceptional. It’s now time to check my blood pressure’.
We achieved a clean sweep, although it was a day of L’s and not W’s.
The 1st XI bowed out of the Surrey Cup at the Semi Final stage at Battersea Ironsides FC. Charlie Andrews scored the Ruts consolation goal. Good luck to BIFC in the Final.
The 2nd XI suffered a miserable day too, as they went out of League Junior Cup against Warlingham FC.
Joint Manager George Tidey reported ‘after a brilliant display last week, the 2s were looking to build on their performance in the cup. However, a decent save by our centre back saw us reduced to 10 men, just 10 minutes in to the game. This was a tough battle after the resulting penalty was scored and the visitors continued to put pressure on us. The match ended 4 – 0. So on to next week, back in the League’.
The 3rd XI went down 5 – 3 at Tooting Bec ‘B’ FC. Scorers TBC
The 4th XI put in a decent shift at Shelton Athletic FC. The lads bounded in to an early 3 – 0 lead, before conceding a penalty shortly before the break. After the interval the hosts levelled, before the Ruts managed to briefly restore their lead at 4 – 3. The hosts then upped their own performance and ended up winning 6 – 4. The Ruts can be proud of their overall display and rue 2 conceded penalties, plus sleepy defending at 2 corners for helping the points slip away. Sonnie and Adam both impressively bagged a brace each.
The 1st XI are Away to Battersea Ironsides FC in the Surrey Cup Semi-Final. Venue: Battersea Ironsides Sports Ground, Openview, Burntwood Lane, SW17 0AW. Kick Off is at 1.30pm.
The 2nd XI are at Home to Warlingham FC in the League Junior Cup. Venue: Poplar Road. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
The 3rd XI are Away to Tooting Bec ‘B’ FC. Venue: Tooting & Mitcham Utd, Bishopford Rd, Morden, SM4 6BF
Kick Off is at 3.00pm ( Flood Lights)
The 4th XI are Away to Shelton Athletic FC. Venue: Edge Hill, High Field Rd, Purley, CR8 2JJ. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts Teams this coming weekend.
Just the 2 games played in the end today, which both resulted in hard fought victories. From the 2nd XI Camp, Joint Manager George Tidey reported as follows,
‘After a difficult period of cancelled matches and postponements, the 2nd XI came up against OB Clapham in the League Shield. When the teams last met we lost 2-1 going down to the final kick of the game. Today, the boys were unfortunate to go a goal behind, but went into the half time break at 1-1 against the wind. After the break, the 2nd XI responded well to my words and went ahead early. Two more goals followed with the match ending up a victorious 4-1.’
Tidey added ‘We face them in two weeks time and we’re neck and neck in the table. Plenty of games in hand so hopefully this is a psychological boost for us. The lads dug deep and deserved the win’, The Goalscorers were Kyle Moore, Toby Lempriere, Joe Baker and Alex Blenkinsop.
The 4th XI also secured a very credible 3 – 1 win against NPL ‘B’ FC. The match was closely fought throughout and the Visitors gained the early advantage as they hit the Ruts on the counter attack to take the lead.
Talented youngster Owura Appiah struck the Ruts level with a decent strike. Half time 1 – 1.
Appiah fired his second goal with a stunning long range effort after the break and then deservedly completed his hatrick with another good goal in the final stages.
Best wishes to the Junior Teams tomorrow.
The 1st XI do not have a fixture this week.
The 2nd XI are at Home to Old Boys Clapham FC in the League Shield. Venue: Poplar Road. Kick Off is at 2.00pm
The 3rd XI are Away to Croygas Falcons FC in the League Shield. Venue: Croygas Sports Club, Mollinson Drive, Wallington SM6 9BY. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
The 4th XI are at Home to NPL ‘B’ FC. Venue: Tudor Drive, Morden, Pitch 1. Kick Off is at 1.30pm.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams this weekend.