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
An enjoyable afternoon on Bank Holiday Monday saw our ORA Chairman Kevin Wilde make his official debut for Old Ruts Football in a fantastic Round Robin Walking Football Tournament with our Friends from AFC Wimbledon.
Old Ruts Team ‘A’ won the day with some impressive goals scored by Club Leg-ends Darren Knott, Phil Rea and Erol Yilmaz. Lee ‘Trigger’ Poulter also notched a brace for Old Ruts ‘B’ in the tournament.
The 1st XI were on the cusp of earning all 3 points at Most Wanted Elite FC last Saturday having lead 1 – 0 for virtually all of the 2nd half, courtesy of a well taken Goal from MOTM Billy Liffen. However, a late sting in the tail put a major dent in the Ruts title ambitions as follows.
This was a very tough and often feisty match on a poor pitch, which made it hard for both teams throughout the afternoon. After securing the lead soon after the interval the OR’s were looking good to secure a narrow win, only for the Hosts to snatch a very late leveller in the final few seconds! That’s football for you. We go again next week against the new League Leaders.
The 2nd XI secured a 2 – 1 Victor at Wilf Kroucher FC, Ruts MOTM Steve Berry and Sam Leatherby scored the Ruts all important goals.
The 3rd XI went down 3 – 0 to Sporting 50 Res FC with Darren Bloomfield earning the Ruts MOTM Award.
The 4th XI put in a strong display against League Leaders Home Purley Old Boys FC, frustratingly they were undone 1 – 0, by a 85th minute powerfully headed goal, which ultimately secured all 3 points for the Visitors.. Manager Erol Yilmaz awarded Steve Rowlands the OR’s MOTM.
The 1st XI secured the Ruts only victory of the day as they beat Epsom Kings FC 4 – 1 at Meadowbank to regain their top of the table spot after briefly losing it earlier in the day.The Ruts got off to a decent start as Captain Paul ‘Whitto’ Whitthread headed home a Jude Kinsella cross in the 12th minute. Then on 25 mins a Paul Gough pass was delightfully floated home by Kevin Foster’s right foot (yes, right foot!)
In the second period Gough put the OR’s 3 nil up with a long range free kick on 52 mins. The Ruts tally was increased to 4 goals when Fabio Bagulho neatly headed home a Billy Liffen cross on 73 mins.Epsom spoiled the Ruts aims of a clean sheet in the 89th minute through a heavily deflected shot, although the all-important outcome of securing 3 points was successfully achieved. Whitto was the Ruts MOTM.
The depleted 2nd XI put in a decent shift away to League Leaders South Croydon and were actually level until the 75th minute after Sam Leatherby had scored the Ruts goal.However, the steam ran out of the OR’s engine after a sinbin reduced the lads to 10 men, which boosted the hosts opportunities which they pounced on and swiftly slotted 4 more goals. Adam Randall was the OR’s MOTM.
The 3rd XI felt they deserved something out of their narrow 4 – 3 defeat to Merton Social FC. However, it was not to be and Darren Bloomfield, Aaron Sandy’s and Steve Berry’s goals were merely consolations. Player Manager was the MOTM for his contribution to the Ruts cause.
The 4th XI were also quite a few regulars light as they went down 3 – 1 Away to Wanderers Res FC. Our Scorer and MOTM are tbc.
The 1st XI played out two very competitive games at Poplar Road earlier, as they hosted Ashtead FC in a Double Header. As we all know earning 6 points from a double header is a tough order for all teams and today’s exchanges endorsed this fact further as both teams achieved 3 points apiece.
The Ruts lost the first game 1 – 0, although there were justly aggrieved at being denied a perfectly good last minute equaliser when Whitto powerfully headed home from a Corner, alas the Ref spotted an infringement elsewhere in the box and the Ruts were left to rue their unjust misfortune. Our in-house VAR backs up our thoughts, although, as we all make mistakes we had to take it on the chin and bounce back in game 2, which we duly did. Elliott Gibbs was the OR’s MOTM, as his display in both games was incredibly solid, as per usual.
In the second game the Ruts bounced into a 2 goal first half lead. Firstly through a deft team move, which had an initial hint of offside about it, this move saw an alert Jude Kinsella continuing to play the game despite loud appeals and he neatly crossed for Fabio Bagulho to fire home.
Centre half Elliott Gibbs then scored a delightfully crafted long range goal as he spotted the opportunity well with the keeper superbly evaded. Ashtead then reduced the arrears shortly before the interval to make it ‘all to play for’ in the final period.
Pleasingly the Ruts performance continued to improve as the afternoon wore on and Billy Liffen wrapped up the 3 points when he fired home after another decent team move (Video to follow). Despite securing this decent cushion Ashtead continued to be a real threat from set pieces especially, and as the game drew towards its conclusion the OR’s had keeper Evan Watson to thank for pulling off 2 outstanding saves to keep the Ruts 3 points firmly in locker. Fabio Bagulho was the Ruts MOTM in this match.
The 2nd XI also secured 3 points from 6 at Tooting Bec ‘B’ FC in a Double Header. The OR’s won 1 game 3 – 2 thanks to goals from Sam Leatherby, Thomas Boylan and utter club legend Lee ‘Trigger’ Poulter, with Boylan securing the MOTM. In the defeat Boylan and Leatherby struck again, with Jamie DeCruz the MOTM.
The 3rd XI suffered a 6 -1 reverse against North Leatherhead FC. The Ruts consolation was scored by Jeff Oppong-Baah, with Liam Washford-Bent earning the Ruts MOTM award.
The ‘Veteranesque’ 4th XI played out a 2 -2 draw with London Olympia FC, with the OR’s goals coming from long term stalwarts and Leg-ends Erol Yilmaz and Graham ‘Bernie’ Winter, with the latter also notching the MOTM award for his effervescent display.
The 1st XI played out two hard fought and well contested games against a talented Lambeth Spartans FC at Poplar Road earlier today.
In the first match the Visitors scored an early goal, as their forward tucked home from a corner as the Ruts were caught napping. Paul Gough levelled from the Spot and the game finished 1 – 1. Jude Kinsella was the OR’s MOTM.
The second match was end to end throughout, and once again Lambeth struck early to take the lead. The OR’s levelled courtesy of Toby Lempriere following a neat team move involving several players. The Ruts then saw a penalty well saved, before Lambeth went ahead again. Elliott Gibbs headed home a Paul Gough Corner to equalise.
Lively Lambeth restored their lead and once again the Ruts levelled through (not certain? O.G after a concerted spell of pressure)Both teams hit the woodwork and Whitto nearly scored a winner in the final minute!
However, on the overall balance of play a total share of both spoils was probably fair, as both teams created plenty of chances and only sterling defending at both ends prevented the score-line from being a fair bit higher. Kevin Foster was the OR’s MOTM in game 2.
The 2nd XI were narrowly defeated in both games at Worcester Park ‘A’ FC. 2 -1 and 1 nil, although Kyle Moore was outstanding for the OR’s securing their MOTM Award in both defeats.
The 3rd XI won one and lost one against Wandgas WP Vets FC. The lads went down 2 – 0 in the first match before bouncing back to secure the 2nd win of the Season 1 – 0 courtesy of a Liam Washford-Bent strike.
The 4th XI suffered a double reverse against to Trinity FC as they went down 2 – 1 and 2 – 0. The Ruts consolation was scored by Wagna Tchuda.
PLEASE NOTE – All 4 Teams have Double Headers this Week!!
SPECTATORS ARE NOT PERMITTED as per FA & Government Guidelines, therefore we politely request that you stay away and visit the following week instead, when viewing is allowed and the outside Bar will be Re-Open again for Post-Match refreshments.
The 1st XI are at Home to Lambeth Spartans FC at Poplar Road. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
The 2nd XI are Away to Worcester Park ‘A’ FC. Venue – Manor Park, Malden Rd, New Malden KT3 6AJ. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
The 3rd XI are playing Wandgas WP Vets FC. Venue – Prince Georges Playing Fields, SW20 9DY. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
The 4th XI are at Home to Trinity FC. Venue – Prince Georges Playing Fields, SW20 9DYKick Off is at 2.00pm.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams this coming Weekend.
Our return to football saw 2 wins, 2 defeats and a draw!
The 1st XI secured the victories as they overcame Real Holmesdale FC in both matches of the Double Header. The first game saw the OR’s win 1 – 0 courtesy of a neat turn and finish from Kevin Foster which also secured him the MOTM Award.
The second match saw the Ruts run out 3 – 0 Winners thanks to 3 decent strikes. Elliott Gibbs headed home a Lee Holland Corner in the first period, and in the second half Jake Searles deftly scored after winning a great tackle before neatly notching, then Toby Lempriere scored a well placed goal to wrap up a deserved win. Charlie Woods was the OR’s MOTM. So a very valuable 6 points in the bag to help with the 1s promotion challenge.
The 2nd XI suffered a 4 – 2 defeat at Sutton High, with Sam Leatherby and Ryan Kennett scoring for the OR’s. Adam Randall was the OR’s MOTM.
The 3rd XI went down 5 – 2 to Cheam VW FC. Fraser Trimmings converted a penalty and debutant Liam Washford-Bent also scored. Ciaran Moorhouse was the Ruts MOTM.
The 4th XI fought back well from a 3 – 1 half time deficit at Waddon Wanderers FC. The OR’s Scorers were Abdel Hafidi (2) and Simon Minihane. Club Legend Andy Flanagan was the OR’s MOTM.