Rutland drop three-goal lead but secure a draw

Action from Rutland vs Wisbech on Saturday
Action from Rutland vs Wisbech on Saturday
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Rutland, having won the opening four games of the league, faced one of the two other undefeated sides in the League, Wisbech.

History shows this has always been a tough fixture with the often physical Wisbech side.

The game started, as ever, with Rutland’s young players controlling the ball and taking the game to Wisbech.

However, Wisbech always looked dangerous on a counter attack and Oli Carrick, in goal, was called on several times to keep the ball out. Rutland squandered their early chances and the Wisbech goalkeeper equally pulled off numerous fine saves.

Eventually Rutland broke the deadlock with Ben Harford scoring a good drag-flick. However, Wisbech kept fending off the Rutland attacks and managed to score on the counter with a complete overload of the Rutland defence to level.

From then on Rutland had the better possession, moving the ball around in Barcelona style triangles to make neat breaks along with Richard Pollock making those fantastic runs from the back.

Eventually Rutland started to reap the reward as they scored a further three goals in the space of 15 minutes. One of the goals came from a passing move through the field to a well-worked passing goal in the D to go into half time 4-1 up. Goals came from Jo Chedd, Jimmy Dodworth and a second from Ben Harford.

With such a superb performance one expected Rutland to continue in the same vain.

However, an element of over confidence in pushing up the field too far, players trying do too much themselves along with a dogged determination from the older players of Wisbech, saw the Rutland lead quickly eroded as they conceded three penetrating counter attack goals.

The last 15 minutes saw Rutland in total ascendancy launching attack after attack into the Wisbech D with chances going begging for that final touch, over the crossbar or wide, anything but in the net.

However, at the same time Rutland always looked vulnerable to Wisbech scoring the winner from one of their counters, all of which made this one of the most close and exciting games to watch.

Team: Oli Carrick, Nick Pinner, Richard Pollock, Tom King, Jo Chedd, Tom Wilson, Ben Harford, Marcus Parsons, Archie Davies, Will Astbury, James Meadows, James young, James Dodworth, Thomas Macdonald