Vets put in a gritty determined performance at poplar rd today against a good strong Wandgas Village vets ,with many key Ruts players unavailable we seemed to be inundated with mainly defensive players and Wandgas raced into a 2-0 h/t lead with Ruts first teamer Eamonn pulling the strings for them,second half we gained the momentum back taylor & reynolds getting hold of centre of midfield and backed up by rest of Ruts team with a never give up attitude and after a long kick from steve our keeper for today which wandgas never dealt with it fell nicely for Gary Wilton to finish off well with low strike past their keeper , bit route one but they all count,with us getting stronger and wandgas fading we kept pushing forward and although their wasnt many goalscoring chances for both team s we scored with Gary scoring again with only a few minutes remaining for a fully deserved draw ,good battle and good attitude from all involved well done all.
The 1st XI secured a 3 – 1 victory against Old Plymouthians FC at Poplar Road earlier today. The OR’s were slow out the traps and promptly went a goal down, before getting themselves in to the game. Duncan Fraser levelled with a terrific header and Zak Graham converted from the spot to provide the Ruts with a 2 – 1 interval lead.
The ever committed Fraser sustained a nasty cut to the head on the hour mark and had to reluctantly leave the field. Jimmy Graham notched the Ruts third following a one on one opportunity which he duly converted.
The 2nd XI suffered a classic case of ‘tough day at the Office’, which was no doubt partially attributable to the inexcusable blowout of 3 players at midday. Well done to Sporting 50 FC for progressing in the cup at our expense, as they ran out 7 – 2 victors. Paul Gough notched a brace in his quest to rally his team.
The 3rd XI were apparently well off of the pace in a poor performance as they went down 1 – 0 at Home to Beckenham FC to increase their relegation concerns.
The 4th XI secured a splendid 4 – 3 win in the Cup against Thornton Heath FC in a full bloodied end to end epic cup tie.
The Ruts went a goal down before Dean Riordan levelled from the spot. The game was end to end for most of the 90 minutes with the scoreline going to and fro! 3 – 3 in the closing stages with Riordan adding a second from a free kick which evaded everyone and a deft lob from Sam Colebrook.
Harry Reeder scored the Ruts winner with a header. 3 of the 4 goals were caught on camera and will be circulated in due course!
Best wishes to the Vets and Junior teams tomorrow.
The 1st XI are at Home to Old Plymouthians FC at Poplar Road. Kick Off is at 2.30pm.
The 2nd XI are Away to Sporting 50 FC in the Geoff Ellis Cup Qtr Final. Kick Off is at 2.00pm. Venue: Goals Tolworth, Kingston Rd, Tolworth, KT5 9NT.
The 4th XI are at Home to Thornton Heath FC in the League Cup. Venue: Tudor Drive, Morden SM4 4PN. Kick Off is at 2.00pm
On Sunday the Vets are at Home to Wandgas Village Vets. Kick Off is at 10.30am.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts Teams this coming Weekend.
The 1st XI secured their place in the Surrey Intermediate Cup Final for the first time, as they overcame Cranleigh FC at Poplar Road, in what was a well officiated match.
Headed goals at either end of the first half from Zak Graham and Paul Whitthread provided the Ruts with the interval cushion from a well balanced half.
The Ruts appeared to have made the game safe when Captain Chris Beard fired the OR’s into a 3 goal lead after the break. However, Cranleigh often looked threatening on the break and they reduced the arrears with about 10 minutes to go. Pleasingly the Ruts held firm thereafter and Zak Graham hit the teams 4th goal in the final stages to earn himself a brace, making the final score 4 – 1.
Congratulations to Nick Raggett and his team on reaching the final against Wandgas FC to make it an all SSEC affair, which is very most likely to be a very tight match on the 18th of April.
The Venue is TBC, as the scheduled new Meadowbank ground is behind schedule and will not be ready in time.
The 2nd XI Match was postponed and the 3rd XI had a week off.
The 4th XI can be proud of their efforts in the semi final of the Teck Cup. Old Isleworthians had gained two sizeable victories over Boo’s team in the League and to be honest, they should be playing Intermediate football, rather than Junior.
Despite Boo’s emphatic pre-match instructions, the lads didn’t manage to carry out his request, as they promptly fell 2 goals behind very early on against their strong opposition.
Massive credit to the team though, as they did not crumble and rallied brilliantly and managed to spin the scoreline on it’s head by taking a 3 – 2 lead. Play maker Dean Riordan struck a stunning free kick, the impressive Kai Walker stabbed home the second and Casey Vickery hit a sweet 3rd goal against a temporarily rattled opposition!.
The lads were unable to hold out though and finally went down 7 – 3. Great effort from the team though.
Best wishes to the Vets and Junior Teams tomorrow if their games survive the elements.
We just hope the Best from the East 2 doesn’t lay too much white stuff on top!
This is a BIG weekend for the Club with more than an element of Cup Fever around.
The 1st XI welcome Cranleigh FC of the Surrey Intermediate (Western) League to Poplar Road for the Semi Final of the County Cup. Kick Off is at 2.30pm.
The 2nd XI are Away to Woodmansterne Hyde FC in the League (we are awaiting the details in the absence of our Fixture Secretary).
The 3rd XI have a weekend off.
The 4th XI also have a Cup Semi Final as they Travel to table topping Old Isleworthians in the Teck Junior Cup Semi Final hoping to beat the odds against strong opposition. The Venue is 24a Wood Lane, TW7 5ED. With International Rugby at Twickenham all players and supporters are reminded to allow significant extra travel time.
On Sunday the Vets are Away to Burlington Vets, Details TBC.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts Teams this coming Weekend.
The 1st XI welcome Cranleigh FC to Poplar Road next Saturday for the County Cup match. All Support Welcome! Full details of next weeks fixtures to follow.