Rutland Dead Rabbits continued their great start to the season in the PDFL Division Four with another whole team performance, beating Stamford Belvedere Reserves 3-0 on the road.
Due to injuries, there were a few changes made to the team from the previous week, with players covering in other positions. However, this didn’t affect the players’ attitude and they got stuck into the game straight away.
In the early minutes of the game Gary Rix made a quality run down the left, drifting past players with ease, supplying Tane Scott with an inch-perfect pass, allowing the striker to slot home in one touch to set Rabbits on their way. Stamford didn’t sit back and tried to build momentum but found the Rabbits back four hard to breach.
Rabbits worked the ball well from the back and through the thirds, carving out some half chances but unable to add to their strike. James Slack and Dom Gawden Bone came closest with shots on the edge of the area which the Stamford keeper just managed to see out.
In the second half the Rabbits came out determined to see the game off and in similar fashion to the first. Rix supplied the ball out wide for Gawden to whiz past two opponents before pulling the ball back smartly to Scott, who made a great run across his defender and slotted home under the keeper.
From that point on, Rabbits controlled the game and were later rewarded a penalty after James Slack picked the ball up in his own half and ran through the heart of the Stamford team only to be brought down in the box.
Darren Short stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way, continuing his fine scoring run and sealing victory for the Rabbits.
Coach Clive said: “Today’s was another great performance from the guys, who worked well for each other and all put a shift in.”