Promotion secured as Rutland eye title

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RUTLAND Men’s 1st team have secured promotion with three games remaining.

They are still not technically champions of the East League’s 3NW Division but are unlikely to be toppled from top spot as they have an outstanding goal difference and require just one point from three games to claim the title.

But it was a stuttering start on Saturday from Rutland who squandered chance after chance before conceding a goal a minute before half time to go into the break 1-0 down.

A small tactical change in the second half freed the Rutland forwards, enabling them to exploit space and attack at a better pace. This resulted in Ollie Browne levelling the score, and man-of-the-match Jordan Allen came in from the left to put Rutland ahead soon after.

Rutland’s pressure began to tell and Rutland added a further goal from Allen and a drag flick from Scott Perry.

Perry then added a further goal after a superb solo run, beating one player after another before lifting the ball into the net to seal a comfortable 5-1 win.

Rutland: Dean Armstrong; Owen Evans; Johnny Ashwin; James Grant; Harry Robertson; Jordan Allen; Scott Perry; Ben Harford; Marcus Parsons; Ollie Browne; James Young; Peter Comben.

l RUTLAND’s ladies resume their quest to win the Cambridgeshire Ladies League’s first division with a match against Cambridge City on Saturday.

Rutland are currently four points clear at the top with a game in hand of second-placed City of Peterborough 3rds.