Wealdstone U10 Red vs Ruislip Rangers
By Aidan King
Wealdstone fought back to earn draw against local rivals
The first game back after the Christmas break to begin phase two and it probably couldn’t have been a harder fixture. Ruislip Rangers beat us comfortably in our last fixture and they would be looking to repeat that performance if they could. Wealdstone would really need to step up their game to have any chance of getting a result from the game. The pitch was in fairly good condition but was a little bit heavy and as the game kicked off the sun came out and it was reasonably warm.
Wealdstone Kicked Off. Troj with an early shot which was blocked. Ruislip with a shot stopped by Owen, the striker was first to the rebound but Owen made a brave save. Troj won the ball on the left and crossed but the ball beat everyone apart from Jon who arrived late but was too wide. Ruislip with some good skill and shot which was tipped wide by Owen. Troj with a run and cross, the defender stuck out a foot and the keeper had to make a good save to stop an own goal. Ruislip with a throw to striker who shot over. Connor with a ball to Jon who played the ball into the box for Charlie to flick onto Troj who had a shot which was saved. Ruislip with a good through ball and shot which Owen saved and Troj was back to put out the loose ball. Lewis won the ball and moved forward and played in Troj who shot just wide. Zach with a ball to Oliver who played it back for Zach to shoot but it was just wide. Wealdstone with a ball into the box which the keeper dropped, Troj won the ball turned and shot but it hit the post. Ruislip with a shot from distance which was saved by Owen. Freekick taken by Troj went just wide. Ruislip with a ball out wide played back to the edge of the area and the shot went top corner (0-1). Half Time.
Wealdstone Kicked Off. Zach with a shot which went just wide. Ruislip with a ball into the box and the striker had a shot which Connor blocked. Ruislip with a quick break and shot wide. Ruislip with a cross from the right which went wide. Harry with a ball into the box which was blocked, Oliver followed in but his shot went wide. Ruislip with a cross and shot which was saved by Owen. Ruislip with some good play on the right and shot which was saved by Owen at the near post. Ruislip with a throw into the box which was deflected into the path of the striker who scored (0-2). Ball in the Wealdstone area cleared by Stevie to Jon who ran with the ball into the area and passed the ball to Charlie who scored (1-2). Long clearance by Ruislip was won by Oliver and played out to Troj who drove into space and smashed the ball into the goal (2-2). Full Time.
This was a very good game which saw many chances for both teams. Ruislip are a very good team who are always on the move and always looking for a pass. Wealdstone did a lot of running and there were some really strong performances in defence from Stevie, Connor and Lewis who kept on covering and making tackles from the first whistle to the final whistle. Wealdstone passed better today than they had been in some of their recent fixtures and showed signs of them returning to the kind of play that saw us brush aside teams at the start of the season. Ruislip scored late in the first half and late in the second half and it was good to see the team keep their heads, keep calm and not let it affect them - this type of attitude is why it was possible for us to get a draw today.