Sheerwater FC

SHEERWATER announced their Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division debut in style with an extraordinary victory over Guildford at Kingfield last Saturday.

Sheers boss Pete Ruggles was thrilled with the debut game result

The Sheers went ahead in the 75th minute through Shane Rideout – but the drama was all to come. In the 87th minute, City’s Ryan Dacres-Smith fired home to level. Then on full-time the visitors were awarded a dubious penalty.

Step forward Sheers’ boss and substitute keeper Pete Ruggles, who had replaced the stricken Richard Shelley in the 70th minute. From Kieran Campbell’s kick, Ruggles saved and the resulting counter saw Danny Taylor bundle home to spark wild celebrations.

It was a remarkable denouement which owed everything to teamwork, as Ruggles explained.

“We played Chessington & Hook United last year, they got a penalty and Campbell took it. As he was stepping up, Rideout pointed to my right. I was going to my left, but I thought ‘He knows some inside information’, so I changed my mind. He deserves more of the credit than I do.”

See the full report in the 8 August edition of the News & Mail

SHEERWATER had to play 70 minutes with 10 men as they missed a host of chances in a disappointing 1-1 draw last Saturday.

After the jubilation of going top on Tuesday night The Sheers were brought back down to earth and into third as they were frustrated by Dorking Wanderers at Kingfield.

Gavin Brainch cracks in a shot, but his effort was blocked

After an early goal from Chris Machay was disallowed by the referee who had already suspended play for a foul, The Sheers’ luck only got worse.

Timmy Taylor was shown a red card after 20 minutes, leaving his team a man light for the remaining 70 minutes.

Shane Cheeseman managed to put his team ahead, only for a series of close misses to frustrate The Sheers’ efforts as Chris Machay and Gavin Brainch both missed opportunities to score.

The Sheers’ bad luck continued, as Scott O’Connor was taken off with a knee injury, and the Wanderers’ Pascal Sedgwick equalised.

A defiant Sheerwater came back hard, but ultimately fell short as Machay and Brainch both missed golden chances to score, leaving the final score tied.

Sheers’ manager Pete Ruggles said: “This is tough to take, we controlled everything but didn’t capitalise.”

For the full match report get the 28 February edition of the News & Mail