The reserves Suburban League season is now well underway and after a very busy pre-season programme hopefully the team is now starting to bed down. The first pre-season game took place on Tuesday 10th July with a 4-1 victory over Bushey Rangers, on Saturday 14th July Rayners Lane brought a strong side along to Broadfields (our home venue for all but one fixture) and the outcome was the first nil all draw of the season. The following weekend (Saturday 21st) the Stones came out 2-1 victors over Chalfont St Peter, however the following Saturday (28th) saw the first reverse of the season with a 0-2 defeat to North Greenford United.
The first and only away trip pre-season saw the Stones drew 2-2 on Saturday 4th August, before a team of mainly trialists when down 2-3 to Gadeside on Tuesday 7th. Saturday 11th August saw our final warm up game against Potter Bar Town which resulted in a one all drew.
So onto the new league season and with the First team enjoying the sunshine and fine victory at Folkestone, the reserves travelled to last seasons champions Basingstoke Town, unlike the first team game, this match took place in a down poor (it took about 3 days before the puddle in my van where the kit bag had been to dry out) and resulted in a 0-2 defeat. Speaking with Ricky Murphy after the game he was pleased with the lad's performance and with a bit more bite up front felt we might have got something from the game.
So onto Tuesday 21st August and the first game at our new home venue of Ruislip Manor FC. Things could not have got of to worst start as there was no one on hand to open up, which left poor Steve Hartley (our assistant manager) having to do everything on the night. Ben Alexander scored our goal in a 1 all drew and with it the first point of the season.
With the visit of AFC Wimbledon to Northwood the previous Tuesday it was now their reserves turn to visit RMFC the following Saturday. A 0-3 reverse had Ricky pulling out what little hair he has left.
So onto Wednesday 29th August and a trip to "The Warren" against the new formed partnership of Hayes & Yeading FC, both teams had their first team management in charge for the evening and therefore it was no surprise to see a number of first team players from both sides taking to the field who needed a run out. What a corking match it was too. Andre Delisser gave the Stones the lead on the half hour mark. Neither team gave an inch and it looked like the Stones would hold out for a 1-0 victory until Hayes & Yeading scored deep into injury time with just about the last kick of the match.
After a weekend with no fixture the Stones return to Suburban League action with the visit of newly promoted Hillingdon Borough on Tuesday 4th September, for our third home game of the season.
As it turns out 3 is not the Stones lucky number after all as the lads when down 1-2, a defeat which still leaves them searching for their first win of the season. John Sonuga, from our Football Scholarship weight in with our goal.
A much improved performance saw the reserves go down 1-2 at Met Police last Saturday (8th) and speaking with Ricky later that evening he was a lot more up beat. Daniel Campbell scored for the Stones