Commitment goes unrewarded

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Rutland Ladies 3

Old Silhillians Ladies 4

RUTLAND produced their most determined and committed performance of the season in Birmingham on Sunday.

Playing in their first ever English National Vase match, Rutland dominated the first 10 minutes with the defence in particular passing the ball around well.

However, this dominance did not last as Old Silhillians began to form attacks of their own which the Rutlanders resisted well but a speculative shot from the top of the circle found its way past keeper Vicky Salt.

This only inspired Rutland to lift their game with Aimee Blay and Kim Cooil making long runs from deep to win Rutland several short corners. But Old Silhillians who scored next, extending their lead before Ellie Ricketts scored Rutland’s opening goal.

A further Silhillians goal took the half time score to 3-1.

Rutland showed great character in the second half and never lost belief in their ability to win the game.

Katie Richardson picked off several opposition passes and it was one of these interceptions that lead to Rutland’s second goal, scored by Jennifer Pollock after the ball had been fired across the circle by Annie Chan.

Old Silhillians responded with another goal while a suspension and an untimely injury to Dom Lammie left Rutland playing with nine.

Anne Pollock stunned the home side, carving through to take the score to 4-3 for the final 10 minutes. But despite Rutland’s best efforts, with Hannah Ellwood working tirelessly on the right, they couldn’t find the vital equaliser.

Rutland: Vicky Salt, Aimee Blay, Kim Cooil, Dom Lammie, Katie Richardson, Hannah Ellwood, Ellie Ricketts, Anne Pollock, Jen Pollock, Annie Chan.

Rutland Ladies 2 Cambridge Sth 3

RUTLAND also played a league match last weekend, which they were disappointed to lose 3-2.

Harriet Crennell’s runs down the right hand side led to Rutland’s first goal after Cambridge had taken the lead. The scoreline continued to swing one way then the other with Rutland scoring a scrappy short corner and Cambridge also converting a short corner.

Cambridge scored the winner towards the end and managed to hold the lead despite Ellie Ricketts and Alex Haggis’ working hard up front to create several opportunities for Rutland.

Debutant, Ellie Hemmings, played well in her new role as left wing, holding the ball several times despite having two or three defenders around her.

Rutland: L Ginn, H Crennell, K Cooil, D Lammie, K Richardson, E Brahmachari, E Ricketts, A Pollock, J Pollock, E Hemmings, Alex Haggis.