Coplestonians grab the victory at Grundisburgh, thanks to Rutterford strike

Mickey Squirrell, Manager of Grundisburgh FC; Pictures Sarah Lucy Brown 3/1/09

Mickey Squirrell, Manager of Grundisburgh FC; Pictures Sarah Lucy Brown 3/1/09 - Credit: Archant

Grundisburgh entertained Coplestonians at home last Saturday and after a close match Cops deservedly doubled us with a narrow 1-0 win thanks to a stunning Matt Rutterford thunderbolt.

It was only the second time Cops had won at The Playing Fields in 15 attempts.

In front of a large crowd swelled by the many postponements, we worked very hard, but Cops had that extra edge especially in the first half going down the hill.

They bossed the possession with a high energy game, looking after the ball well. We defended our goal well, led by captain of the day Grant Gibson, who marshalled his defence well with young Harry Fulcher not far behind him in getting our MOTM.

Cops were also resolute in defence with three at the back.

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If Cops dominated much of the first half, the second period was more even.

We created the best and our only chance of the half, Harris knocked a ball forward that Robinson missed and Rene Swann sprinted forward to square to Luke Boggis 10 yards out with just John Houchill to beat, unfortunately for us his shot was straight at him.

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Cops finally got what they deserved and what a goal by Rutterford four minutes before the break, when Leitao set him up 14 yards out to flick the ball up abd hit a screaming volley that whistled past Lloyd giving him no earthly chance to win the game.

Rutterford rightly was their man of the match with a great game in midfield always demanding the ball and comfortable on it and a goal worthy of winning any game.

Cops’ manager Ian Bristo has endured the pain of relegation and they have come back stronger and better, hopefully beating their best-ever Senior finish of seventh.

This Saturday we travel to cup holders and free scoring Achilles in a tough SIL KO Cup fourth round tie, with a 1.30 kick off.

Lastly the club would like to send it’s condolences to the family of the late Robin Dale whose wife Val recently passed away.


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