U21 Match Report
Date: 20th October 2013
Home: Junior Reds Nights vs Russellers
Ground: Cold Harbour
Result: 3-2 (WIN)
Playing at Coldharbour ground the team struggled to be there for warm up. The referee gave no dispensation and wanted game kicked off at 14.00.
Straight away,yet again a cheap free kick was conceded and the keeper was lobbed, 1-0 down.
The game was very physical and Junior Reds were by far the stronger team.
The ball was then threaded through to Robbie Stevenson who latched on and with a quick sprint put the ball in the net,1-1.
Russellers then got a free kick, about 30 yards out. The Junior reds wall was reluctant to move back full 10yds but Frank Hogan steam trained the ball bang into the net, 2-1 Russellers.
Second half started same as before, Junior Reds stretching us. All players were given football and the substitutions showed the weaknesses, as Junior Reds equalised.
By this time the referee was making diabolical decisions for both sides.
10 mins to go and away Charlie goes with a one – two and slots home the winner, 3-2 Russellers.
Well deserved win considering the bad rain and wind.
Date: 13th October 2013
Home: Russellers vs Samual Montague
Ground: Dartford Heath
Result: 3-2 (WIN)
Playing the only team we got beat by last season in the league the team were up for it. The conditions were good and Sam Mont only had 10 players, some were running late.
We kicked off and straight away we started to pass the ball around and make things work, but then the defensive errors started.
We conceded a cheap penalty which there player put away. 1-0 down.
We hit back about 10 mins later and score was 1-1. Just before half time another goal and it was 2-1 to Russellers.
By now Sam Mont had 11 players on the pitch and it was a lot tougher.
2nd half and yet again Sam Mont pushing for their goal and a defensive error and the ball came into the goal from a corner kick, 2-2.
Russellers made a change a brought Charlie on who jinked around the defence and slotted home what was the winner, 3-2 to Russellers. Hard fought game and deservedly won.
Date: 22nd September 2013
Home: Blackheath Wanderers v Russellers
Result: 4-3 (LOSS)
After last weekends last minute loss to Eltham Town 4-3, the team were once again up for the big challenge. Blackheath Wanderers are a very good team and pushed for the divisional title last season.The Russellers Under 21 team are still made up from younger players but the hunger and ambition is there all the time.
The game kicked off and with 10 mins we conceded our first goal. We conceded a penalty which could have been averted. Blackheath were playing excellent football and the passing was exquisite. Blackheath were making us chase all the time.After about 20 mins Russellers got a break and James Fone lobbed the goalie from 30 yards. Blackheath were shaken but were still pressing.Not long after Daniel Matthews hit a scorcher which beat the keeper, Russellers were now 2-1 up.The half time whistle blew and the team needed a well earned break. We knew 2nd half was going to be backs to the wall, specially as we only had 11 players.
2nd half kicked off and Russellers got a free kick about 25yards out. Robbie Stevenson put the ball down and hit a perfect left foot curler into the net. Russellers were 3-1 up.Blackheath were now kicking themselves but were threatening with every break.It wasn't long till a run down the wing and a cross caused havoc with our defence, right back and keeper going for ball which deflected in for an own goal.The keeper was distracted with what had happened and within 5 mins Blackheath had a free kick awarded and put a fierce shot into the keeper who spilled the ball into the feet of the oncoming striker.Now it is 3-3.10 mins to go the Blackheath striker broke through from a wonderful pass and slotted the ball into the net. 4-3.
The ref blew and that was the final score.Although the result wasn't in our favour the score line makes a statement that Russellers FC are not going to roll over and will be a strong force, even though 85% of team are 2 years younger.
Keep it going Russellers