Wealdstone U9 White vs Ruislip Rangers
By Aidan King
Wealdstone play out close fought draw with local rivals
This was our second meeting with Ruislip Rangers for this phase and after a very closely fought first game we were expecting another very tight game. Ruislip have hit some form, winning their last three games, and would be coming into this game full of confidence. We were back playing at Sidmouth Drive, the pitch was in good condition and didn’t feel heavy. The weather was warm with a bit of drizzle in the air.
Ruislip Rangers Kick Off. Ruislip with an early attack and shot which hit the post came out and was cleared. Troj with a quick turn and shot which beat the keeper but there was a defender covering to prevent the goal. Ruislip with a quick break which Jon read well and cleared. Shot by Ruislip from the right which Owen tipped around the post. Ruislip with a quick throw into the box and the striker hit first time and scored (0-1). Corner by Wealdstone came out to Oliver who shot first time but the shot was blocked and Ruislip broke quickly leaving them two on one, but Connor read the situation well and cleared. Ruislip with a shot from distance which Owen saved and Lewis was there to clear the rebound. Alex with a run on the right and shot which was saved, Harry S was first to the rebound but put the ball wide. Oliver with a free kick into the box which Lewis flicked towards goal but the keeper read well and saved. Half Time.
Wealdstone Kicked Off. Alex with a strong run on the right and pass to Oliver who went to the bi-line and played the ball back to Troj who Shot just over. Harry S with a tackle which broke to Alex, Alex went through two players and his shot beat the keeper (1-1). Troj with a pass to Harry S who flicked the ball towards the goal but the keeper stopped it. Ruislip with a strong dribble and cross but the striker missed it. Ruislip with some good pressure and passing in the Wealdstone area but Lewis and Connor worked hard and eventually got the ball clear. Ruislip with a good passing move which resulted in a shot which Owen dealt with well. Alex with a run through the middle of the pitch and passed to Stevie who played in Charlie in the box, Charlie played it back to Stevie who shot wide. Ruislip with a drive and shot which was deflected wide. Harry W with a tackle and good pass to put Stevie through but he was brought down for a free kick, Stevie took the free kick but placed it just over. Ruislip with a shot from distance which Owen saved but the Ruislip striker was first to the rebound but Owen cleared his strike for a corner. Full Time.
This was a very even match with a lot of the game being played in midfield, both teams had good opportunities which could have been a goal on a different day. Ruislip are a very strong team with some very good players, Wealdstone had to be at the top of their game defensively from start to finish. Wealdstone need to be more clinical in the final third of the pitch either making the right pass at the right time or being more ruthless with our shooting.