Late strike seals win for battling Rutland

Photo: SM151011-030ow.jpg'Rutland Hockey Club men's 1st team v Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: SM151011-030ow.jpg'Rutland Hockey Club men's 1st team v Bury St Edmunds.
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Rutland Ladies 5 Wisbech Ladies 2nd 3

RUTLAND Ladies battled hard on Saturday to come back from two goals down to beat Wisbech 2nd XI.

The opening period did not go well for Rutland, with silly mistakes allowing Wisbech to find a player free in the circle who finished with a good strike.

Things got worse as Wisbech scored an almost identical goal just before half time but, biding their time, Rutland knew the goals would come as Rutland began to dominate possession.

Ellie Ricketts scored shortly after half time for Rutland with an excellent strike from the top of the circle.

This was followed by two more goals in quick succession to give Rutland the lead for the first time in the match. But it did not last long with Wisbech winning and converting a short corner.

Rutland went straight back on the attack with Sarah Sissins making good runs down the right and Katie Richardson distributing well from midfield and Rutland regained the lead with seven minutes to go to set up a very tense finish.

Rutland defended tirelessly and a minute from time took counter attacked and with only two Wisbech players back to defend, Annie Chan put the game beyond doubt.

Coach Simon Cooper said: “Although Rutland did secure the victory, the whole team was disappointed with the performance and mistakes in the first half.”

The ladies face Wisbech again in their next fixture on October 29.

Rutland Ladies: Tracey Taylor, Kate Stubbs, Kim Cooil, Jen Pollock, Katie Richardson, Sarah Sissins, Ella Brahmachari, Dom Lammie, Annie Chan, Anne Pollock, Ellie Ricketts, Charlie Gregg.

Rutland Girls U16

RUTLAND girls took on Pelicans Girls U16 and Spalding in the first round of the national championship and after comfortably beating Northampton in a friendly last week, they came back to earth with a bump.

The initial round of matches in the national championships are played in leagues from which the top two will qualify for the later rounds of the competition. And Rutland got off to a disappointing start losing 7-2 to Spalding and 5-1 to Norfolk side Pelicans.

Rutland’s first opponents, Spalding came out of the blocks flying and rattled in several goals before Rutland had really woken up. But the Rutland girls grew into the game and struck back twice before half time through Charlie Gregg and Molly Atkinson.

They were under the cosh though in the second half and were grateful to goalkeeper Charlotte Brooks for some excellent saves.

Rutland faced host club Pelicans straight afterwards and the two sides were fairly evenly matched.

The home side took the lead from a short corner before Atkinson pulled one back. In the second period though, Pelicans who had rested longer between their game against Spalding and the Rutland match, ran away with the game in the end as Rutland legs tired.

Rutland: Charlotte Brooks (GK), Katherine Gibbons, Ellie Hemmings, Sarah Sissins, Molly King, Megan Wright, Izzy Chedd, Molly Atkinson, Ella Brahmachari, Hatty Reilly, Charlie Gregg, Jo Crombie, Zoe Wilson.

Rutland Men 2

Bury St Edmunds 1

RUTLAND men’s 1st XI beat Bury St Edmunds for their first win of the season.

Newly-promoted Rutland face Cambridge University 3rd XI on Saturday.

Loughborough Carillion 1

Rutland Horseshoes 1

THE Horseshoes were forced to battle hard for a draw against a strong Carillion side.

Despite playing well the Rutland side couldn’t dominate as in previous games and their only goal came before half-time with Chris Meadows on target.

Will Felgate made his debut up front with some excellent runs out wide while in defence, Rob Epton was kept busy after his return to the side.

Goalkeeper Neil Moverley pulled off some excellent saves to keep the Horseshoes in the game but a questionable umpire’s decision momentarily distracted the Rutlanders giving the Loughborough side the chance to level, which they took.

Horseshoes play Bedouins at home on Saturday with pushback at 10.30am.

Horseshoes: Neil Moverley, Chris Meadows, Kevin Stanton-King, Rob Epton, Wesley Durston, Matt Ditcher, Will Felgate, Nicola Phillips, Clare Spencer, Hannah Plant, Jo Eckersley, Ali Gibb, Lucy Eayrs.

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