Old Rutlishians AFC (Old Ruts) is made up of ex-pupils of Rutlish School, amateur sportsman from the local community and the friends and relatives of existing players. It was reformed after a 58 year absence in the summer of 1990 having originally run from 1907 until 1932 when it folded after being replaced by Rugby as the popular winter sport at the Old Rutlishians
The 1st XI secured a deserved 2 – 1 win on a heavy pitch at Old Plymouthians FC earlier today.
The Ruts had Keeper Adam Seymour to thank for providing two fine assists. In the first half he delivered a long ball forward to Billy Liffen, who out hassled his marker, before decisively poking the Ruts into a 32nd minute lead.
OP’s levelled a few minutes later, when a headed goal was scored at the near post.
However, the Ruts kept on doggedly plugging away, and they secured their all-important winning goal in the 81st minute following another accurate long ball forward from Seymour, which lead to the lively Dan Wallis calmly slotting home the Ruts winner.
Whilst the whole team put in a real shift – it was young Billy Whitthread who deservedly secured the Ruts MOTM award for his fine performance.
The ‘A’ XI also managed a decent 2 – 1 victory at Motspur Park FC. The Ruts Goals came courtesy of Alex Hammond and Ross Trimmings.
MOTM was Howard ‘Howie’ Payne who stepped in from the Sunday XI to help the Saturday lads out. Thanks also to Kacper Janiak for doing the same. Great effort and support lads.
The ‘B’ XI Match was Postponed this morning owing to a waterlogged pitch at Warlingham.
Best Wishes to all of the Ruts Teams competing tomorrow.
The Ruts were left to rue a trio of close defeats this weekend, all of which involved penalties.
The 1st XI were very unfortunate to lose 3 – 2 at Home to AFC Ewell. The Ruts fell 2 goals behind in the second half before deservedly levelling thanks to a brace from MOTM Billy Liffen. However, a debatable last-minute Penalty cost the OR’s dearly as they ultimately lost 3 -2.
The ‘A’ Team also lost 3 – 2 as they bowed out of the League Cup to NPL ‘A’ FC Robert Quiqley and Alex Hammond scored the Ruts Goals. Alas, the Ruts missed the chance to level from the spot late on in this cup match.
The Sunday XI suffered a rare defeat, as they lost 2 – 0 at Poplar Road to SW Lions. Despite this disappointing defeat, the lads remain top of the table after reaching the summit the previous weekend. SW went ahead from the Spot and then added a late second as the OR’s were chasing the game.
The 1st XI lost 5 – 2 at Westside Res FC. The Ruts Scorers were Kyle Moore and Paul Gough. Despite a much improved second half display, the Ruts were unable to reduce the arrears further.
The ‘A’ Team won 1 – 0 at Real Holmesdale FC in the League Cup. Aaron Sandys scored the OR’s All-important goal from the Penalty Spot. Ruts Keeper Mike Lowe was MOTM.
The ‘B’ Team won 5 – 1 at Frenches Athletic A FC. The Ruts Scorers were Alex Blenkinsop (2) Mark Todd, Jake Searles and Simon Minihane. Manager Erol Yilmaz praised Steve Berry’s great assist for Minihane’s strike. Mark Todd was the OR’s MOTM.
The Sunday XI kept themselves fully in the title race, as they beat Larkhill City FC 5 – 1 at Poplar Road thanks to a terrific 4 goal haul from Ruts MOTM George John (pictured) plus a stunning strike from Patrick Pinder.
Manager Sean Thornton was delighted to secure another 3 points in his teams charge to win the title against a much-improved Larkhall team. In his post-match briefing he said ‘it was great to see George John get rewarded with a perfect hattrick after putting in the hard yards all season long. Well done, George!
The 1st XI had a frustrating afternoon as they lost 0 – 2 to Old Plymouthians FC at Poplar Road despite having plenty of possession. The Visitors secured a 1 – 0 lead, which they took into the Interval.
The Ruts were on top for much of the second half and were awarded the perfect chance to level when Alfie Dulley was scythed down in the area. Alas, the resulting penalty from Skipper Gough struck the post, and the temporarily lifted Ruts were left to rue a great missed opportunity.
OP’s added a very late second goal, as the Ruts attempted to secure something from the Match. However, it was not to be! Kyle Moore was the OR’s MOTM.
The ‘A’ Team secured a thumping 6 – 1 Win against Southern Athletic FC. Dan Wallis smashed a thumping hattrick securing him the OR’s MOTM award. The Ruts other Scorers were Aaron Sandys, Reuban McCardle and Ross Trimmings.
The ‘B’ Team did not have a Fixture.
The Walking Football Squad enjoyed both a training session and a match today. The Ruts overcame Better Sports FC 7 – 0, the Scorers were MOTM Darren Knott (5) Paul Cook and Gary Forge. Photos below.
Club Legend Lee ‘I will never play Walking Football’ Caffell made his WF debut!! notching his 508th Ruts Appearance.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams playing tomorrow.
The 1st XI lost 3 – 2 at Kew Park Rangers in a game that started incredibly well as the OR’s breezed comfortably into an early 2 nil lead courtesy of a deft Toby Lempriere header from a Sam Leatherby Corner on 9 minutes. Ruts MOTM Leatherby then doubled the Ruts lead from the spot in the 12th minute after Lempriere was fouled.
Frustratingly the Ruts were then left to rue giving away 2 very cheap penalties, which allowed the hosts to reach the Interval level.
The second half was balanced and well contested. However, the Ruts conceded in the 65th minute and despite their determined efforts they were unable to secure what would have been a fully deserved point.
The ‘A’ Team Match Away to Real Holmesdale Res FC was postponed this morning.
A largely hungover ‘B’ Team suffered a 4 – 1 defeat against Waddon Wanderers. Alex Blenkinsop notched the Ruts goal, whilst Chris Blenkinsop was our MOTM.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams playing tomorrow.