Rutland DR warm up for cup final with win over ICA
Things are looking promising for Rutland Dead Rabbits’ PFA Minor Cup final at they beat their opponents Peterborough ICA Sports B 2-1 in the league on Saturday.
Rabbits made a strong start to the game pressing the ball earlier and put Peterborough ICA under pressure.
Rabbits’ first chance fell to Gary Rix who stuck an earlier volley which the away keeper did well to palm over.
Moments later a great long ball over from James Slack picked out Rix but his shot was blocked and the rebound fell to Liam Hollingworth but he could not beat the keeper.
Peterborough ICA tried to carve out a chance and almost took the lead when a through ball found the striker inside the box but Danny Foster got down well to keep out the effort and the score at 0-0.
The break through came from a corner delivered from Simon Brown and Slack rose above his man to head in off the underside of the bar. Rabbits made it 2-0 when Hollingworth’s corner was met by Rix to smash home first time.
Rabbits looked to add to their tally, Darren Short threaded a ball through to Tane Scott but his effort was well saved again by the keeper.
The second half saw the visitors up their game to get back into it, but the back four held firm for Rabbits. Dave Twose and Simon Brown prevented Peterborough from getting in positions in wide areas to get crosses in.
The visitors got them selves back into the game when Rabbits failed to clear a long ball and as the player turned he was brought down in the Rabbits area and they netted the resulting penalty to make it 2-1.
Matt Bosworth made a tactical formation change for the last 20 minutes to help Rabbits regain control of the match. Which almost brought a third goal for Rabbits when Hollingworth broke down the right and his cross found Scott only for the Peterborough keeper again to deny Rabbits.
The introduction of James Twose put Rabbits back in charge, as he put pressure early on the wide players and prevented forward play.
As the final whistle went Rabbits were pleased with the result which was fully deserved.
Coach Clive Kerr said: “It was another great result for the lads who controlled the game and created the better chances. Everyone on the pitch gave it everything and worked together keeping possession and playing through the away side.” Rutland DR face Oundle at home next week as they look to keep up the form to challenge for promotion.