Rutland let the lead slip away

Action from Rutland Hockey Club 2nds' defeat to St Neots Photo: SM261111-006ow
Action from Rutland Hockey Club 2nds' defeat to St Neots Photo: SM261111-006ow

Rutland 2 Camb Nomads 2nd 2

RUTLAND travelled to Cambridge to face their bogey side Nomads on Saturday and were frustrated to come away with a draw.

The Rutland side soon set about attacking the Cambridge goal coming close on several occasions without success.

Despite their control of the game, it looked as though Rutland would struggle to break the deadlock until Jordan Allen eventually scrambled the ball home.

This was followed by a further goal from Marcus Parsons to put Rutland 2-0 up at half time.

Cambridge show dogged determination to put pressure on Rutland in the second half and this paid off with two goals to level the game.

It looked like Rutland might suffer their usual fate at this venue. Instead they came alive in the last 10 minutes with a barrage of shots, hitting the post and winning eight short corners but all to no avail.

Rutland have a tough fixture against Norwich Dragons on Saturday.

Rutland: Toby Green, Johnny Ashwin, James Young, James Grant, Will Gwyther, Joseph Chedd, Owen Evans, Marcus Parsons, Tom King, Jordan Allen, Pete Comben.

l RUTLAND’s 2nd XI fell to their fifth straight loss, losing at 2-0 home to St Neots.

They travel to face Cambridge South 2nd in a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash tomorrow.

Rutland Ladies 2

St Ives Ladies 2nd 1

RUTLAND ladies came away with a win from a scrappy encounter with St Ives.

Rutland produced some good play in the first ten minutes but were not clinical in converting the chances created.

Errors crept in as the half progressed and the match became more end to end with both teams having chances.

Jess Anand scored a good solo goal in each half, but there was a nervous finish after St Ives pulled a goal back with ten minutes to play. The Rutland midfield repeatedly squandered possession and gave away several penalty corners.

First runner Rachel Richardson was out like a rocket though, jabbing the ball away three times in a row from a St Ives attacker preparing to pull the trigger.

Aided by another good performance from young Charlotte Brooks in goal, Rutland scraped through to the end of the match.

They will be looking to play with greater control and composure in next week’s game against the league leaders.

Rutland Ladies: Charlotte Brooks, Katie Richardson, Kim Cooil, Lucy Ginn, Anne Pollock, Sarah Sissins, Dom Lammie, Charlie Gregg, Jen Pollock, Jess Anand, Harriet Crennell, Rachel Richardson, Ella Brahmachari.

Rutland Ladies 2nd 4

Ely Ladies 3rd 0

THE 2nd XI returned to action with a win after a long mid-season break thrown up by a quirk in the fixture list and a couple of cancellations.

They cruised to victory over a struggling, visiting Ely side, with the midfield trio of Brahmachari, King and Reilly particularly dominant.

Jess Todd continues to make great strides and she had a fine game at full back for the hosts, for whom Katherine Ager capped a welcome return to the side with two well-taken goals.

Rutland Ladies 2nd: Rachel Richardson, Ellie Hemmings, Jess Todd, Fiona Ginn, Molly King, Ella Brahmachari, Hatty Reilly, Evie Carpenter, Katherine Ager, Izzy Phillpott.