Rutland’s young men’s side moved up to second in the table with a 5-0 thrashing of St Neots on Saturday.
Owen Evans, with a brace, Joe Chedd, Johnny Ashwin and Will Astbury all scored as Rutland maintained their 100 percent start to the season.
Rutland settled into the match quickly and were soon giving the Saints the run-around, switching the ball from side to side and attacking down both wings.
There was an early breakthrough when Evans finished emphatically for the opening goal. Rutland then had greater possession and goalscoring chances before Chedd handed Rutland a two-goal lead at halftime.
The second half continued in much the same fashion as the first, with Rutland firmly on top.
St Neots did rally briefly and forced a few short corners but this pressure was comfortably dealt with by Rutland’s defence, with Jimmy Dodworth in particular playing with a maturity beyond his years.
Skipper Ashwin, who is now unavailable as he embarks on a gap year, scored the third before Evans and Astbury brought Rutland their biggest win of the season.
Second-placed Rutland now face two tricky games at home. The first is against unbeaten Wisbech 2nds and Rutland then face the division’s top goalscorers, Newmarket.
Rutland: Olly Carrick, Owen Evans, Marcus Parsons, Johnny Ashwin, Pete Comben, James Meadows, Will Astbury, Tom Macdonald, Tom Wilson, James Young, Jimmy Dodworth, Ben Harford, Joe Chedd
Rutland’s U18s coasted past Buxton in the second round of the England Hockey U18 Cup, wining 8-0.
The boys made a dominant start but only had Ben Harford’s goal to show for their first half possession. But the floodgates opened as Buxton tired in the second half.
Harford completed a hat-trick of short corners and scored another goal from open play. This tally was added to by Archie Davies, Jack Bishop and Steve Palmer before an own-goal right at the end.
Rutland U18s: Olly Carrick, Jimmy Dodworth, Ben Harford, Jack Bishop, James Meadows, Archie Davies, Otto Esse, Lorenz Druba, Steve Palmer, Joe Chedd, Tom Wilson.
Rutland ladies beat Cambridge University 1-0 in the Ladies League Premier Cup.
It was the tightest game that the unbeaten Rutland side have faced all season but the Rutland side started well and quickly won a series of short corners, and pre-match practice paid off when captain Katie Richardson calmly placed the ball low into the corner of the goal.
Nic Cage made crucial interceptions and Pippa Stubbs saved several close range shots to prevent the University side equalising as Rutland struggled at times to get the ball away from goal.
There were several narrow escapes, but Rutland held out until the end.
Rutland: Pippa Stubbs, Nic Cage, Jen Pollock, Katie Richardson, Kim Cooil, Rachel Richardson, Anne Pollock, Sarah Sissins, Ella Brahmachari, Charlie Gregg, Penny Skipper, Kerry Rough.