Rutland Ladies 1 Newmarket Ladies 2
RUTLAND hosted runaway league leaders Newmarket on Saturday, determined to avenge a heavy defeat inflicted in the first game of the season.
They began well, dominating the first 25 minutes, with Aimee Blay influential in the middle of the park and Ellie Ricketts threading some fine, long passes as chance after chance came and went.
Lilly Hives hit the post after a break on the right while Annie Chan eventually managed to force the ball over the line.
Unfortunately the Rutland side started to sit a deeper, allowing Newmarket to come back into the game and the equaliser arrived just before half time.
Rutland had plenty of opportunities in the second period with Harriet Crennell going close several times but Newmarket went on to snatch the winner.
Rutland face Newmarket again in a cup game on Saturday morning.
Rutland: Charlotte Brooks, Jo Crombie, Kim Cooil, Ellie Ricketts, Aimee Blay, Sarah Sissins, Rachel Richardson, Charlie Gregg, Annie Chan, Harriet Crennell, Lilly Hives.
Rutland 3 Norwich Dragons 3
RUTLAND took on high-flying Norwich Dragons on Saturday and raced into a 3-0 lead.
Young winger Joseph Chedd and Jordan Allen scored the goals as Rutland even rode the sin-binning of their keeper for a technical infringement.
But it was a different story in the second half as, aided by two deflections, Norwich clawed their way back and salvaged a draw.
Rutland play division leaders Harleston at Uppingham in their final game of the year on Saturday afternoon.
Rutland: Toby Green, Johnny Ashwin, James Young, James Grant, Will Gwyther, Ben Harford, Owen Evans, Marcus Parsons, Jordan Allen, Tom King, Joseph Chedd.
Rutland Ladies 2nd 4
City of Peterborough Ladies 4th 4
THE Ladies’ 2nd XI came away with a good draw from top of the league Peterborough.
The City side started strongly, mounting attack after attack, but Katherine Ager and Zoe Wilson in the Rutland defence stood firm for a good portion of the first half before Peterborough took the lead with a firm strike.
Rutland took their first opportunity of the game to level the score and a game, that had begun at a frenetic pace, settled down with Rutland holding the ball in the attacking half.
Rutland’s pressure resulted in Alex Haggis scoring a great goal.
In the second half Rutland’s passing outshone a tiring Peterborough side and Ella Brahmachari beat several players with a fantastic solo run before beating the keeper to score.
With two minutes remaining, the score was 4-3 to Rutland but their defence couldn’t hold out until the end and they had to settle for a draw.
Honor Munro-Hall on the right, Issy Chedd linking defence and attack, and Immy Bromwich on her debut, all stood out.
Rutland: Jennifer Pollock, Katherine Ager, Zoe Wilson, Alex Haggis, Ella Brahmachari, Lucy Ginn, Fiona Ginn, Issy Chedd, Honor Munro-Hall, Immy Bromwich, Clara Stevenson.
Rutland 2nd 1
Cambridge South 2nd 2
STAND-IN seconds skipper Ben Jennings had identified this fixture against fellow strugglers Cambridge South as the game to halt his side’s recent slump in form. But despite the return of captain Tim Eaton the side’s fortunes didn’t change.
The Cambridge side began strongly with the Rutland boys battling against a setting sun as well as a highly motivated opposition.
Rutland did settle though with Simon Cooper enjoying his opportunity to roam in midfield, and veteran Australian Gareth Clarke employing his wrecking-ball approach to useful effect.
The home team held the territorial advantage and Eaton had to hit the afterburners to mop up one dicey situation but otherwise the Rutland defence were not seem overly troubled.
Taylor and Davies were dangerous on the counter and it was from a break that Rutland won their first penalty corner with Cooper and Ash combining to put the ball on a plate for Brayshaw, who placed his shot past a perhaps unsighted keeper.
Fighting to get back into the game, Cambridge threw the kitchen sink at the rapidly-tiring Rutland throughout the second half. Goalkeeper Ben Chew employed his helmet to good effect on several occasions but Cambridge still drew level and then took the lead.
Only a full length dive from the Cambridge keeper prevented Brayshaw from equalising.
This Saturday’s fixture against Wisbech, the only team Rutland have managed to beat so far this season, now takes on even greater significance.
Rutland 2nd: Ben Chew, Marcus Dux, Tim Eaton, Doug Robertson, Simon Cooper, Phil Ash, Matty Taylor, John Brayshaw, Archie Davies, Gareth Clarke, James Meadows.