Ruislip Rangers vs Wealdstone U9 White
By Aidan King
Close game won by late goal
After a couple of days continual rain it was a relief that pitch was able to drain well enough for us to be able to play the game. Ruislip Rangers have been in a good vain of form and have been winning games regularly, including notable victories against Parkfield and Ickenham. Wealdstone have been finding victories harder to come by although a 4 – 3 victory the previous week had raised the teams spirits. The weather was dry but cold and a persistent wind made it feel even colder.
Wealdstone Kicked Off. Alex received the ball in the box and was fouled and a penalty was given, Alex took the penalty but the keeper made a very good save diving to his left. Ruislip with a good dribble and shot which was saved by Owen. Troj collected the ball in midfield and shot just wide. Alex ran with the ball into the area and passed to Troj but his shot was saved and he put the rebound wide. Ruislip with a fast break and shot just wide. Ruislip with some good pressure in the box which saw a good shot well blocked by Lewis. Oliver with a good interception and pass through to Harry who played in Troj but his shot went wide. Alex with a corner which was met by Charlie but the with a well struck shot but the keeper saved well. A good dribble and shot by Ruislip brought a good save from Owen. Wealdstone with some good work on the left and a ball across the pitch came to Connor but his he placed his shot wide. Half Time.
Wealdstone Kicked Off. High ball kicked out which Oliver controlled into Troj’s path who crossed it to Charlie, Charlie with a one touch through ball to Harry but the Ruislip defender read it well and cleared. Harry with a dribble and cross which the keeper cleared the ball which came out to Oliver who played over the top to Troj, Troj crossed to Charlie but the ball was well blocked. Ruislip with a precise ball through the middle but Connor read well and cleared. Ruislip with a well worked passing move and shot just wide. Ruislip pressure in the box and a scramble came out to striker but his shot was well blocked by Jon. Ruislip with a long shot which Owen stopped, the striker was first to the rebound and Owen pulled off a double to keep the ball out. Wealdstone with a break played out to Oliver who ran with the ball and passed to Troj who had his shot well saved. Troj with a cross from the left stopped by the keeper, Oliver’s follow up shot was saved and Alex put the rebound over the bar. Oliver with a through ball to Jon on the right who crossed it to Alex but his header came back out off the post. A long ball was knocked on by Oliver to Alex who ran into the box and placed the ball passed the keeper and scored (1-0). Full Time.
This was a very close game with opportunities for both teams to score throughout the game. Ruislip are a very well organised team with a good passing ethic, Wealdstone had to be sharp from the first minute to the last minute to keep them at bay. Our defence held out well throughout and the midfield closed down and covered, ensuring that Ruislip were unable to find too much space. Wealdstone kept on going and in the last 10 minutes of the game played higher up the pitch and had the much better chances, the winning goal was well deserved after the effort the team had put in.