Rutland’s dominance goes unrewarded

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Rutland 1 Sudbury 4

RUTLAND Mens 1st XI dominated much of their match at second-placed Sudbury but still managed to maintain their record of no away wins in the league this season.

Sudbury had four chances and capitalised on them all to score four goals while Rutland only converted one from what seemed like 44.

Rutland took the game to Sudbury early on with first Pete Comben breaking through only to shoot at the Keeper and then Jordan Allen doing the same when both could have slipped the ball to their team mate.

As several other chances came and went in the first 15 minutes, Rutland’s opportunity to take the game by the throat faded and Sudbury, with their first short corner, went into the lead.

They rapidly added three more goal in the space of 15 minutes for Rutland to be 4-0 down at the break.

Rutland then dominated the second half and were awarded a penalty stroke within two minutes of the restart. Jordan Allen put that wide but the visitors continued to pile on the pressure.

Effectively camped in the Sudbury half, Rutland eventually pulled one goal back. Shortly after Allen broke through, beat the keeper but fired wide from just five yards.

Rutland should have had a second penalty stroke after a Sudbury defender chested the ball down on the line but it wasn’t awarded and Rutland suspected it was going to be one of those days.

Owen Evans and Marcus Parsons were carving through the middle with James Meadows, on his debut, cutting round the back from the wing while Tom Crees and James Grant from the half back line were trying to get in on the action. But for all Rutland’s efforts, they couldn’t find a way through to score again.

Rutland: Toby Green, James Young, Johnny Ashwin, James Grant, Will Gwyther, Tom Crees, Owen Evans, Marcus Parsons, Jordan Allen, Peter Comben, James Meadows.