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Y9 District Rounders

Congratulations to the Year 9 Rounders team who won their final league game last night against Bedford Academy. The girls remained focussed and dominated both the batting and fielding innings to ensure they are still undefeated. They eventually secured an 18 - 6 victory to become District Champions!


Y9 District Rounders

The year 9 Rounders team played in week 2 of their league fixtures last night. With some effective batting and solid fielding performances the girls maintain their undefeated record after securing a 9-5 win against Wootton, and a 14.5-4 win against Bedford Girls School.


Y10 Rounders v Wootton

The year 10 Rounders team played Wootton last night in one of the final matches of the District premier league.

The final score was 7 – 5.5 to Mark Rutherford. The girls were excellent, a well-deserved win.


Y8 Football - District Final v Lincroft

Mark Rutherford Year 8 (Under 13) boy’s football team took on Lincroft in the final of the District Cup on the 26th April 2018. The boys were going into this game in unbeaten form playing 5, winning 4 and drawing 1.

Boys started off on the back foot with Lincroft pilling the pressure onto the Rutherford defence. The Marky boys soaked up the pressure for 15 minutes until Lincroft were able to break the deadlock and take the lead.
However, this lead didn’t last long, straight from the off Rutherford knew they needed a quick response and a quick response is what they gave. A weighted ball was played over the top by Samith to Aaron who lobbed the ball over the keeper and headed it in making it 1-1. This gave Marky a little boost and they began to attack more frequently looking for the runs of Ben and Dave who had the defence beat with their pace. This change in pressure paid off as a ball was played down the channel into the path of Ben who crossed the ball back post narrowly missing Aaron who quickly reacted to the loss ball, dropping his shoulder, drifting round the defender and slotting the ball front post making it 2-1 Rutherford. 5 minutes before the end you could see Rutherford struggling with the pace of the game as Lincroft began to take control. This was shown as Lincroft managed to score two late goals right before the end of the half, seeing them take a 3-2 lead into half time.

The second half didn’t start off well for Rutherford, Lincroft took control and continued to apply pressure, the way they did at the end of the first half. Rutherford’s frustration got the best of them and a lapse of concentration resulted in Lincroft running through and making it 4-2. Changes were made to freshen up the midfield, with Ethan Norman coming back on. This proved a critical substitution as he was able to regain control and dictate the tempo of the game. A ball was played over the top, with a Lincroft player passing the ball back to the keeper who handled it- resulting in an indirect free-kick in the box. Aaron laid the ball off to Ryan, who blasted it into the roof of the net, bringing the score to 4-3. This sparked an increase in belief as minutes later Ethan played a long ball over the top that saw Dave at the end of it- taking the ball in his stride one on one with the keeper, slotting it through his legs making the score level at 4-4. The resilience in the boys showed as they were contending and winning the first and second ball- not allowing Lincroft out of their half, fighting to get the winning goal. Seconds before the final whistle, Ethan played a long ball over the top to Dave who tried to replicate his goal, but saw the keeper get down quickly- deflecting it into the path of Aaron who slotted the ball past the keeper, securing the win and making Mark Rutherford the under 13’s 2018 District Champions.

Goals: Aaron Woodham x3 Dave Boateng x1 Ryan Chandhar x1
Man of the Match: Aaron Woodham


Y8 District Football - Semi-final v Arnold Academy

On Monday 23rd the Y8 football team took on Arnold Academy in their Semi Final Fixture.

Mark Rutherford started the game off quickly and intelligently playing the ball about and taking control of possession. This worked in Mark Rutherford’s favour as a dangerous attack was started with Ben Moseray taking on the full back, and putting a dangerous cross into the back post to Jamie, who slotted the ball into the corner making it 1-0 Rutherford. The lead didn’t last long, straight from kick off the boys lost concentration and a ball was played over the top to their player who made it 1-1. After scoring the boys were put under pressure from the opposition, trying to force them into mistakes but the boys remained relaxed and stuck to the game plan. Ben again made a dangerous run which resulted into a corner. Saeed took what we practised in training into the game and put an in swinging corner into the front post with pace making it difficult for the goal keeper who spilled it into the net making it 2-1 Rutherford. The pressure didn’t stop there, Rutherford continued to pass the ball and look for the runs of Dave Boateng and Aaron Woodham who looked dangerous on Rutherfords attacks. An opportunity came as a brilliantly weighted pass was played through to Dave who used his pace and skill to take the ball round their defenders squaring the ball to Aaron who ran onto it and slotted the ball first time making Rutherfords lead 3-1 into half-time.

Rutherford started the second half the same they started the first, playing the ball about and keeping control of possession. As the game progressed, the boys started to get tired which was visible as Arnold began to take control 10 minutes before the end. Arnold continued to press- having attack after attack- which resulted in two quick goals making it 3-3. Rutherford need to retake control of the game, however Arnold continued to apply pressure- but the Rutherford defence stood firm, making crucial interceptions and preventing Arnold from advancing. Ethan maintained a strong centre midfield battling and winning important tackles, also making keys passes.

Tensions were rising from both sides as little time remained and the score was still tied. Moments before the final whistle, Aaron received the ball to feet holding it up against two defenders. In the distance Dave made his run off the last defender, with Aaron’s intelligent eye of the needle pass through to Dave- ghosted past the defender as though he wasn’t there, taking the ball in his stride and unleashing a rocket into the top corner, making it 4-3 Rutherford and securing the victory and position in the district cup final- which will be played this Thursday.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Mr Di Carlo and a select few year 10 students, Samir and Harry for supporting myself and the team from the beginning. Your encouragement and advice has helped strengthen each player and for that I am very grateful.

Goals: Jamie Freeman-Rayner x1 Saeed Nassor x1 Aaron Woodham x1 Dave Boateng x1
Man of the Match: Elliot Edwards


Y7 Football v Westfield

Last night the Y7 football team took on Westfield following wins over Rushmoor, KCA and Sharnbrook in recent weeks.

Micah Anin came into the starting line-up following some impressive performances against KCA and notably Sharnbrook, as did James Moses after he had also played well after coming on last time out. The boys started the game slowly, mainly down to some complacency after some impressive results recently. Rather than moving the ball quickly as we had done previously, players were often trying to do much and making the wrong decisions in possession. However, after realising that Westfield were going to be tough opposition the boys improved in the second part of the first half and Riley Clifford continued his fine goalscoring run to open the scoring. This was a fantastic team goal, Jamie Bunker in goal picked out Romaero Antoine who plucked the ball out of the air and played in Henry Johnson, who calmly crossed for Riley to roll the ball into the bottom corner. This seemed to spark the boys into life, and Riley’s excellent through ball to Romaero was hooked clear by a defender, only for the ball to loop over his own keeper and into the back of the net – 2-0 to Mark Rutherford. To their credit, Westfield battled back and had a couple of half chances of their own, but the score remained the same at half time.

The second half was frantic initially, Westfield fought to get back into the game, and we were keen to add to our lead. Eventually, the third goal game, Riley’s corner was well converted by James Moses at the back post to make the lead more comfortable. Shortly after this, Westfield hit back, an excellent counter attack saw them finish well to make it 3-1. This could have been the start of a comeback, but Marky responded brilliantly to put the game back out of Westfield’s reach as Henry Johnson finished brilliantly striking the ball across the keeper and into the bottom corner. There were more chances for both sides to follow, but a combination of sloppy finishing and superb goalkeeping at both ends saw the game end 4-1.

The Y7s have now won all four of their games they’ve played, with just Wixams to go! Please congratulate the boys if you see them.

Goals: Riley Clifford, OG, Romaero Antoine & Henry Johnson.

Those involved were: Jamie Bunker, Micah Anin, Luis Wilding, Callum Masterson, Henry Johnson, James Moses, Riley Clifford, Romaero Antoine, Jivarni Antoine, Emmanuel Ngoy & Kacper Stryjewski.

The same team (plus Shaun Quartey) also beat Sharnbrook 10-2 last week!


Y9 Football v Sharnbrook

Rutherford started the game well and on the front foot with a couple of close cut chances missed. The defence with a few changes looked solid and composed. 20 minutes in a free kick to Sharnbrook 20 yards in their own half. The centre back delivers the ball over Rutherfords high line… Sharnbrooks left midfielder continues his run whilst the ball was in the air, he follows it over his shoulder and smashes it on the volley from 25 yards out. Rutherfords stand in goalkeeper Ryan Day could only stand and watch as the ball flies into the top corner in what can be described as one of the best goals ever seen, the technique was just remarkable. Rutherford responded very well and mounted up the pressure. Niall Quigley with 2 great chances missed since going one down but of course takes his third. A lovely finish, smashed into the bottom corner of the net. Plamedi Bomolo made it the old 1,2 when 5 minutes later he nodded in Freddie's delivery.

Rutherford started the second half well and pilled the pressure on. Chance after chance missed found the team to be quite nervy.  Sharnbrook chasing the game left them exposed for a counter attack. Instrumented but Freddie and Sam the counter was on. Jack White drives into the box and scores to make it 3-1 to Rutherford with 20 minutes to go. Rutherford looked solid for the next five minutes before conceding a very sloppy goal. The team held on and Rutherford's substitutes never looked out of place. Final score 3 v 2 to Rutherford, onto the last match at home to Lincroft on the 22nd of March.

Man of the Match: Freddie Stonebridge

Goal Scorers: Niall Quigley, Plamedi Bomolo, Jack White.


Y8 District Football

The Y8 football team took on Rushmoor in their second game of the season, after beating KCA in their opener 7-2.

Mark Rutherford started the game on the front foot with Aaron Woodham having a chance on goal in the first 10 seconds seeing his shot narrowly miss the target. Marky pilled on the pressure not allowing Rushmoor out of there half, having chance upon chance on the Rushmoor goal with no goal to break the deadlock. 10 minutes remaining in the first half saw Dave Boateng get the break through goal, slotting the ball through the keeper’s legs after powering through the Rushmoor defence. This goal upped Mark Rutherfords tempo as minutes before the half time whistle Samith Hussain put a pin point cross at the back post, onto the running Ben Moserays head rippling the top corner making it 2-0 Mark Rutherford.

Feeling determined to score more and give themselves some breathing space, Mark Rutherford applied the same pressure when they came out for the second half. This showed as Ethan Norman played a through ball to Aaron who calmly drifted past the Rushmoor defender giving him the opportunity to be one on one again, this time taking his chance with a brilliantly placed shot into the bottom corner making it 3-0 to Rutherford. Scoring his first gave him a confidence boost in his play as every time he got the ball he looked like scoring. This came true as moments after he was given two more opportunities which saw him bury them comfortably into the bottom corner completing his hat trick and making it 5-0 to Mark Rutherford. Rushmoor began to get into the game applying pressure on Mark Rutherford’s defence but they stood solid and cleared most opportunities. Adrian was always on his toes making important saves and clearances when needed. Jamie Freeman-Rayner then made his way onto the pitch bringing a burst of energy which was needed to make Rutherford continue playing well with his deadly runs down the line and his important tracking back and interceptions.  His constant persistence paid off as a pass which he intercepted, was played into to the middle of the Park to Ethan who played a brilliant weighted pass into the path of Jamie which saw him slot the ball comfortably making it 6-0 to Mark Rutherford. This Assist from Ethan capped his third assist of the game. In the final moments of the game Mark Rutherford saw themselves in front of goal with the ball played to Dave’s feet who intelligently back healed the ball through the keepers leg making it 7-0 to Mark Rutherford.
This was a fantastic performance from the boys, particularly in the second half, and it gives them two wins from two so far! They have a game next week against Sharnbrook away on Tuesday.

Goals: Aaron Woodham x3 Dave Boateng x2 Ben Moseray x1 Jamie Freeman-Rayner x1
Man of the Match: Aaron Woodham


Y9 Football v Redborne

Redborne started the brighter of the two teams and dominated possession. Rutherford were organised at the back and slowly grew into the game. Jack White proved pivotal in Rutherford’s attack as they started to create chances. Sam Moore and Freddie Stonebridge with some last ditch tackles ensured the game stayed level. Redborne with a handball in the box which was finished well woke up Rutherford as a whole. With the goal not standing and a mix up of players and formation Rutherford ended the half very strongly with multiple chances missed in front of goal. Plamedi Bomolo was instrumental to the change in Rutherford’s attack and momentum.

Rutherford started slow again in the second half and did not get out of second gear. Some good talking and bravery in the box from Rutherfords stand in goal keeper Adrien Nytko showed the pressure Rutherford were under. Goal! Redborne go one up from a corner kick which was headed home. Finally Rutherford turned it on with three missed chances square across the box missed. Jack White once again had the clearest of chances and slotting wide. Jack White broke down the left hand side before placing a low cross into the box which Aiden Lyttle flicked on and it deflected off a defender and went in. Niall Quigley and Plamedi continued to drive forward and create more chances. Redborne chance… one of the easiest chances of the game missed, an open goal. Redborne chance again… brilliant save from Adrien with the left foot and putting the ball over the bar for a corner. Finally, the ball was played through for a one on one with the keeper and none other than Jack White to smash the ball brilliantly into the bottom corner of the net. Freddie Stonebridge having to come off with 7 minutes to go proved a nervy ending to the game. Niall who started the game as a lone striker ended playing in the centre of midfield and at times at centre back, credit to him. Rutherford held out and defended well with no real scares at the end to fight back and win the game. Up next Tommy More… bitter rivals for some of the boys, let’s hope for a good display of football.

Goal Scorers: Aidan Lyttle & Jack White
Man of the Match: Jack White


Y7 Football v KCA

Last night the Y7 took on KCA in their second game of the season, after beating Rushmoor in their opener.

The boys were very confident going into this game following their good result against Rushmoor, and this showed as we created a couple of early chances, but unfortunately we failed to convert these. This was capitalised on by KCA who won themselves a corner after a quick counter attack, and a good delivery was headed into our own net by one of our defenders, 1-0 down with barely 5 minutes on the clock! This wasn’t the start the boys wanted, and to their credit they responded fantastically, within seconds of the restart Riley Clifford beat his man before rolling the ball along the 6-yard box to Romaero Antoine, but he failed to finish the chance, soon after Riley played in Shaun Quartey at the back post but he couldn’t quite get his shot away. At this point we were on top, and not long after Riley Clifford scored our first, just like he had in the last game, to put us level. From KCA’s resulting kick off, Jivarni Antoine won the ball back, rolled it to Riley who played a lovely one-two with Romaero before beating the last defender and finishing excellently into the bottom corner, 2-1 to Mark Rutherford. From this point we were in control, Callum Masterson was controlling the game from the back, whilst Riley and Emmanuel Ngoy were first to everything in the middle of the park, this meant we created several chances, Henry Johnson putting in a couple of wicked deliveries from the left hand side but we couldn’t quite get on the end of them. As half time approached, Callum Masterson grabbed the goal of the game, the ball was cleared by a KCA defender and fell to him just inside the KCA half, from there he struck a half volley that flew past everyone, including the KCA goalkeeper to give us a 3-1 lead at half time.

At half time a couple of changes were made, Micah Anin joined Luis Wilding at the back, and Kacper Stryjewski came into midfield. In the second half, the boys were fantastic, 2 and 3 touch football throughout, meaning we moved the ball quickly and dictated play. From this it didn’t take long for Jivarni to get in on the scoring, before a goal mouth scramble came off Henry Johnson last (I think) to make it 5-1! Micah and Luis kept things tight at the back, with Micah marking a lad who was twice his size, but didn’t give him a kick all half! From this, we scored a fantastic goal on the counter attack, Micah won the ball in our corner, before Riley and Callum combined, with Riley then releasing Romaero who went on to finish calmly. We continued to press and create chances, and it was skipper Riley Clifford who completed his hat-trick with his 5th goal in 2 games with his last quick before coming off for a breather! The last goal of the game was again well finished by Romaero after a great little through ball from Callum Masterson.

This was a fantastic performance from the boys, particularly in the second half, and it gives them two wins from two so far! They have two games next week, Sharnbrook away on Tuesday and Wixams at home on Thursday.

Goals: Riley Clifford x3, Romaero Antoine x2, Jivarni Antoine, Henry Johnson and Callum Masterson.
Man of the Match: Riley Clifford


Y7 District Football v Rushmoor

The Y7 football team had their first game of the season last week as they took on Rushmoor at home. With lots of students having attended training selecting the squad was difficult, and the starting 9 was even harder!

On the night the boys got off to a flyer as Riley Clifford hammered home from just outside the box after a few minutes, and a few minutes later he repeated it to make it 2-0 after less than 10 minutes! This saw the boys take full control of the game as they moved the ball well through Riley and Callum Masterson in the middle of the park, with Romaero and Jivarni causing confusion up top. This pressure paid off as Romaero tapped home from captain Riley’s delivery. At 3-0 the boys took their foot of the pedal slightly, this allowed Rushmoor back into the game as they hit us on the counter attack to make it 3-1 just before half time.

Immediately after half time Rushmoor grabbed a second, a well hit drive was saved by Jamie Bunker but the Rushmoor striker tapped in the rebound. This stirred the boys into action once again, as they started to dictate play once again, James Moses, who was introduced as a substitute just before half time, was causing Rushmoor trouble defensively, and he turned excellently before playing in Shaun Quartey to make it 4-2. Almost instantly Rushmoor responded to make it 4-3 and set up a nervy end to the game, but with just a few minutes remaining Jivarni set up James to round of the scoring with a well-deserved and well take goal. Final score, Mark Rutherford 5 - 3 Rushmoor.

A good performance from the boys for their first outing but lots to work on before the next game against Wixams.

Goals: Riley Clifford x2, Romaero Antoine, Shaun Quartey & James Moses.
Man of the Match: Callum Masterson


Y9 District Football v Samuel Whitbread

Mark Rutherford started the game strong and on the front foot. After a couple of missed opportunities which came down the left hand side through Jack White, Rutherford became frustrated. Samuel Whitbread upped the pressure midway through the first half; Rutherford had to dig in deep. Sam Moore with some exceptional reading of the game defensively, causing Whitbread to change tactics. Tom Darcy with a couple of good saves and a few last ditch tackles from Freddie Stonebridge Rutherford held on till half time.

Samuel Whitbread were straight out of the firing blocks at half time and put Rutherford under a lot of pressure. Whitbread scored within the first 7 minutes and Rutherford heads dropped. With the encouragement of the captain Plemedi Bomolo steering the team forward after moving into midfield enabled Asif Mzee and Aiden Lyttle to play with more freedom. Whitbreads keeper made some brilliant saves but Rutherford didn’t give up. Jack White caused Whitbread a lot of trouble after moving to become the lone striker. He bursted into the box after a lovely through ball and Whitbreads centre back couldn’t keep up, a foul on him in the box. Jack White stepped up after getting the penalty and had no problem in sticking it passed the keeper.

Rutherford pushed on from the next 10 mins but couldn’t get in front. This took the wind out of them and Whitbread come close on numerous occasions. Some goal line clearances from Freddie and Sam and another couple of saves from Tom, Rutherford held on for a 1-1 draw. A fair result for the game but both teams unhappy not to get the win. Sam Moore with a man of the match performance helped Rutherford to get a point.


Y7 & 8 Bedfordia Cross Country

On the 16th January we took over 30 students in Years 7 and 8 to take part in the Bedfordia Cross Country event at Lincroft.

The competition is structured as a team event with the top 6 runners for each school scoring points; all of our runners performed well on the day and contributed to their team's score.

We also had some fantastic individual performances, notably from Ayman Siad who finished in 5th place in the Y8 boys race and Riley Clifford who achieved 18th place in the Y7 boys race. Rio Poulton and Anwen Shore also finished well, coming in in 77th and 87th respectively in the Y8 girls race.

Well done to all who took part!


District Swimming Championships

On Monday 3rd we took a handful of students over to BMS pool for the District Championships.

We had some very good performances, competing against all of the local Private Schools. If you have a look at the results attached you can see how we fared in most events compared to other schools.
The pick of our swimmers was Tom Belcher. He achieved three 1st places (25m and 50m front crawl and 50m back stroke) and one 3rd (25m back storke) throughout the day. George Ware was the other boy in the team and he competed well but unfortunately finished outside of the top finishers.

In the girl’s competition Morgan Allen and Georgie Munday both performed very well. Morgan achieved the following positions: 25m Front – 4th, 25m back – 3rd, 50m back – 4th, 25m Butterfly – 4th and 50m breast stroke – 5th. Georgie Munday performed just as well achieving the following: 50m Front – 4th, 25m back – 2nd, 50m back – 3rd, 25m breast stroke – 3rd, 50m breast stroke – 4th and 25 Butterfly – 4th. There were two excellent BMS swimmers that consistently finished above Georgie and Morgan, keeping them outside the top 3 spots for most of the competition.

Anwen Shore also competed. Unfortunately due to an error by myself, Anwen competed in the year 9 and 10 competition. She acquitted herself very well achieving some very respectable positions.


Y11 County Rugby v Cedars

The year 11 rugby team hosted Cedars in the quarter finals of the County Cup yesterday afternoon.

Rutherford started well and took the lead through two excellent tries from Reon Lewis. David Rickhuss converted the second to make the score 12-0. Raph Bouju came off the bench to score the third following excellent work from centres George Murray and Reon Lewis. Cedars hit back to make the score 17-5  at half-time.

The Rutherford pack, led by Tom Howes and Jacob Dacres-Kamm, were excellent throughout. The pressure they applied to the opposition resulted in a number of penalties to the home side. David Rickhuss and Tom Howes kicked the majority of these penalties to touch in order to have a lineout.  Ben Broughton was excellent in the air and provided scrum half Aimar Che Isa with numerous opportunities to launch attacks through his backs. From these set pieces our backs were deadly. In particular Reon and Raph. The opposition struggled to handle their power and pace. Reon ended the game with three tries and Raph managed to go one better and score four.

Having stormed into what looked like an unassailable lead, Rutherford allowed Cedars to mount a fightback and get themselves within four points. However, a combination of the Cedars captain being red carded for abusing the referee and a touch of class from Reon meant Rutherford ended up with a thirteen point winning margin. Final score was Mark Rutherford 37-24 Cedars.

Man of the match was flanker Tom Jaycocks who was excellent in defence, making some brilliant tackles throughout.

The boys are now through to the semis finals where they will likely meet Wootton. Pleas congratulate them for another excellent victory.


First XI County Football v Bedford Academy

On the 19th October the Sixth Form Football team had their second game of the season against Bedford Academy, in their County Cup opener they had suffered a big defeat to Sharnbrook after the boys failed to put in the type of performance they are capable of, this game needed a reaction!

There was a change in shape and a few personnel changes due to injuries and unavailability, and the boys all turned up with a point to prove. From the off, Mark Rutherford were on the front foot, Tom Garbould was dictating play early on, and linking well with Cameron Whiting who was playing just in front of him. Our back four of Joe Seward-Clark, Stephen Mabberley, Kamran Bagol and Ollie Hymers looked comfortable and dealt with the direct way Bedford Academy looked to play. Shortly before half time the pressure finally told, following a couple of good saves from the BA keeper and some good defending from their centre half; a break from Cam Whiting opened up the back four, before he slipped in Lewis Rabbitt who crossed excellently for Harry Stonebridge to head home. Despite some more good chances, half time arrived with the score at 1-0.

The same 11 went out for the second half, and again, dominated possession, Tom and Jack Kermez were first to everything in the middle of the park, and it was Tom himself who doubled the scoring after an excellent through ball from Cam Whiting. This saw Marky grow in confidence and we started to move the ball around with the confidence we had lacked against Sharnbrook. Lewis Rabbit grabbed his second assist with a corner that flashed across the box for skipper Stephen Mabberley to head home, and immediately after, Lewis got on the score sheet himself with a fantastic finished that was chipped over the goalkeeper. We continued to dominate, with substitute Noah Vassell looking dangerous and Lewis causing problems down the left. The fifth goal arrived after a superb counter-attack after Marky had cleared a corner, Jake Inskip starting the break on the edge of our area before Jack Kermez rolled the ball home. To their credit Bedford Academy continued to battle, but Marky stopped every attack they attempted. Dylan Weeks rounded off the scoring late on after Noah rolled the ball across the box to round of the scoring; final score of Mark Rutherford 6, Bedford Academy 0.


Y7 District Netball v Bedford Academy

On the 10th October the year 7 netball team had a match against Bedford Academy. Both teams started off strong with great teamwork and communication. We continued this throughout the first half and we managed a 3-0 score at half time. We noticed that throughout the first half we were a bit too fast with the ball and threw too many balls away, we agreed to get this under control for the second half. Bedford Academy started off the second half well and scored their first and only goal of the game. We played strong with great interceptions from our GD (Phoebe Toms) and our C (Bella Murphy), also with some amazing shooting from Leigha Taylor and Olivia St. Cyr. This made the final score 6-1 to Mark Rutherford.

Well done on another excellent win for the team. A special congratulations to Leigha Taylor for receiving her second nomination in two games as player of the match.

We hope to continue our winning streak and we look forward to playing against Bedford Girls School after half term.

Written by Isabella Murphy (Y7)


Y11 Rugby v STM

Although this became a one sided affair it certainly did not begin that way. Tommy More scored from the Mark Rutherford kick off. Our boys hit back immediately through an excellent try from Reon Lewis but STM scored again to regain the lead. After 8 minutes the score was 12 -10 to Rutherford. This time Raph Bouju scored the equalizing try and David Rickhuss converted to take the lead.

Rutherford stayed in front for the rest of the game. The half time score was 31-17 with Reon and Raph both scoring another each and captain Jacob Dacres-Kamm powered over from close range. Jacob’s try came from the forwards securing their own line out and then driving over from 10m out. Reon and Raph's tries couldn’t have been in starker contrast to Jacob's. Both showed incredible pace and agility to dance their way through the defence before out sprinting the covering defender.

The second half was completely dominated by Rutherford. Scrum half Aimar Che Isa scored two excellent tries, sniping around the fringes of the rucks and bursting through an unprepared defence. Raph scored two more to take his tally to four for the game. He sat out for fifteen minutes too! Raph should have had five but was too busy showboating and stepped over the dead ball line before touching down to score. Jacob was unfortunate not to score a second as he lost the ball in the in goal area as a last ditch tackle forced the ball from his hands. Quick thinking at a Rutherford penalty following yet another rule infringement from the visitors allowed Kyle Ruta to score a deserved try.

The boys were very good throughout. Reon-Ashley Lewis was a different class and was named man of the match. He left many of the defenders with twisted blood having side stepped and spun and shimmied his way past them. In fact if you head out to the field I think one of their players is still on the pitch looking for him. Not only was he exceptional in attack he was awesome in defence. At one point an opposing centre had broken away down the left wing and looked certain to go on and score. Reon appeared from nowhere and launched himself waist high through the air, smashing the ball carrier into touch and earning his team a line out. Special mention also needs to go to captain Jacob Dacres-Kamm. His power and controlled aggression proved too much for the opposition to handle and at times he was clearing rucks of two or three opponents all by himself. This gave a final score of Mark Rutherford 64, STM 17.

The boys are aware that this was far from a perfect performance and a lot of work is needed before their county cup quarter final against Cedars on Tuesday 31st October.

Tries: Raph Bouju (x4), Reon-Ashley Lewis (x2), Aimar Che Isa (x2), Kyle Ruta, Jacob Dacres-Kamm.
Conversions: David Rickhuss (x7)
Man of the Match: Reon-Ashley Lewis


Y8 Rugby v Bedford Modern School

On Thursday 12th October the Y8 Rugby team travelled to take on Bedford Modern School C in their second game of the season. There were a few changes from the side that had narrowly lost to Rushmoor, mainly due to injuries, so this meant several players made their first starts, whilst others were playing out of position.

Mark Rutherford didn’t make the best of starts and were behind after just 3 minutes after some sloppy defending, allowed BMS to finish well in the corner. Immediately after this Marky responded, Dave Boateng picked the ball up in his own half before bursting down the left wing to level the scores. After this the game began to settle down, with both sides trying to dominate possession, eventually, BMS made this count and they retook the lead, again down the left hand side. Conceding seemed to kick Mark Rutherford into action and they immediately upped their game in response, another quick break saw Dave pick up the ball and make another break which saw him touch down right in the corner to even the scores once again. From this point Mark Rutherford really began to dominate, Harley Allan, Jacob Meadows and Adrian Nytko were upping the physical presence, particularly at the breakdowns, whilst Jonathan Baker was beginning to dictate play from scrum half. This pressure eventually told, as an excellent move, saw Marky retain possession through 4 or 5 phases, before Dave again broke down the left, Kaiser Mandinga made a great supporting run outside him to drawer the last defender to see Dave grab a hattrick inside the opening 15 minutes! Almost immediately, Marky picked up possession again and a good burst from Adrian released Dave once again, he checked inside and burst through the middle of two BMS defenders to score under the posts and give Marky a 20-10 lead! This saw Mark Rutherford begin to play some more expansive rugby, and they grabbed their fifth try right on half time; Said picked the ball up at full back after a big kick clear from BMS and he burst through the BMS line before drawing three defenders and offloading inside to Aaron Woodham, Aaron stepped past his man before passing to Adrian to score  on the far side. Half time and Marky had a 25-10 lead.

After the restart there was more of the same, this time Samith Hussain smashed his way through a BMS ruck, he turned possession over before drawing his man and releasing Aaron Woodham who went through to score in the corner, an excellent supporting run from Oliver Cooper keeping the BMS winger occupied. This saw Marky take a commanding lead, and potentially saw them become a little careless, BMS battled bravely to get back into the game and they scored two quick tries to put them game back in the balance at 30-20. Here, skipper Jonny Baker and vice-captain Aaron Woodham settled the nerves of the Mark Rutherford players, this was immediately shown as Dave Boateng picked up from the BMS kick off before racing down the left wing to score his fifth try of the game! Jonny and Aaron began to control the game from scrum half and fly half respectively and they managed to see the game out through some excellent on-field leadership, the last 3 minutes saw Marky defending on their line, which included a massive last ditch tackle from Adrian Nytko which saw the BMS player fumble the ball and possession return to Mark Rutherford. This saw a final score of Mark Rutherford 35, Bedford Modern School 20.

Tries: Dave Boateng x5, Adrian Nytko & Aaron Woodham.
Man of the Match: Dave Boateng


Y9 Rugby v STM

Following their defeat on Monday the u14s were keen to bounce back against local rivals St Thomas More.

The game couldn't have started any worse for Rutherford when they first spilled the kick off then stood and watched as the opposition kicked the ball forward and then touched it down over the try line. The conversion attempt was missed and this proved to be hugely significant later in the game.

Rutherford fought back and dominated possession for large parts of the half. Sloppy mistakes and lack of focus prevented them from capitalising on excellent work from Plamedi Bomolo and Marcus Luke. Then Asif Mzee took matters into his own hands. The number 8 picked the ball up at the back of a scrum, stepped around the opposing scrum half and burst through the backs who were caught out by Asifs quick thinking. Plamedi added the extra two points and Rutherford led at the break 5-7.

The second half was similar to the first with lots of errors preventing either team from capitalising on promising positions. Indiscipline at the break down resulted in a penalty 10 metres from the Rutherford line. An unwillingness to work as a team resulted in the hosts touching down to take the lead. This time the conversion was successful and STM led 12-7 with 10 minutes to go.

Rutherford huffed and puffed but could not string enough passes together to find that winning break through. Kacper thought he'd managed it at one point, sneaking round the back of a ruck but he put the ball down over the wrong line! With seconds remaining Rutherford were awarded a scrum just 10 metres from the opposition line. This looked like it could be the moment. However, another error resulted in a scrum being awarded to St Thomas More. The last play of the game and the hosts had the scrum. They simply needed to secure the ball and kick it off the pitch.

One last big shove from the forwards, led by captain Jacob Hall, put the Tommy More scrum half under immense pressure. He fumbled his pass back to his fly half. He in turn panicked and scuffed a clearance along the floor. If it had gone out it would have been game over. As luck would have it, it hit Marcus Luke on both shins and stopped at his feet. He immediately went on a mazy run avoiding numerous defenders. He found Josh Duffy who looked like he was going to break through but was held at the last. The boys were desperate and fighting with their last ounces of energy. The ball fell to Plamedi Bomolo, he darted for the corner and as he was running out of pitch and three defenders came in for last ditch tackles he launched himself through the air and touched down perfectly in the corner. The boys went wild. They had finally managed to score the try they so greatly deserved.

Now came a huge moment in the match. The scores were level. Plamedi had a conversion attempt from right out on the touchline. If he scored Rutherford would win. If he missed it would have stayed at 12-12.

He stepped up and with all the coolness he could muster, slotted the ball perfectly between the uprights.

Rutherford win 12-14 with the last kick of the game!


Y11 District Netball v Wootton

On the 10th October, our Year 11 netball team took on a very competent and highly tactical Wooton team in our third netball fixture of the year in the premier division. It was disappointing for our girls to be missing a number of our squad players however we still fielded a very strong seven ladies.

Despite early possession in the game, Wooton took the lead with some very clinical play and sharp shooting from both the GA and GS. As time progressed the girls settled into the game a little more and their passing and movement developed and play become easier for the team. Disappointingly though Wooton started to move through the gears and took an 11-1 lead after the first 10 minutes.

In the second half, our girls showed much resilience and determination to overturn what had been a disappointing first half of netball for the Mark Rutherford squad. Freya Chapman and Ella Barnes leading a number of excellent interceptions to win the ball back before passing out to Sophie McKnight and Millie Cox who were instrumental at times in starting our attacking play. Despite an improved performance in the second half, our girls only scored another two goals but conceded ten goals going down 21 – 3 in the second half.


Y7 District Netball Rugby

On Wednesday 4th October the year 7 netball team had a match against Biddenham. We knew that Biddenham would be tough opposition so we were very determined. We started off with great passes and good interceptions from both teams. We continued to play strong and worked well as a team, this helped us to score 5 goals in the first half. Both teams had a reshuffle of players, their change in defensive players so we had to pick up the pace and use all the court. Our defence, Pheobe Toms and Bethany Healy, were no match for Biddenham and denied them all chances and our shooters Olivia St. Cyr and Leigha Taylor were fantastic too. This resulted in Leigha being nominated player of the match by Biddenham.

Well done to the whole team for working well together making the final score 12-0 to Mark Rutherford.

Match report by Isabella Murphy (Y7).


First XI County Football v Sharnbrook

On Monday the U18 Football team had their first game of the season, a County Cup group stage fixture against Sharnbrook.

It was new look side for Mark Rutherford, with just 5 of last years squad still available. The boys started reasonably well, and it was a relatively tight game for the opening 15 minutes, both sides looked to keep possession, but neither side were able to fashion any real chances. Eventually, Sharnbrook began to dominate, particularly in the middle of the park and they were rewarded when some sloppy defending allowed them to open the scoring. Mark Rutherford responded well, and created a couple of half chances, but right on half time Sharnbrook were awarded a penalty after some poor defending across the pitch from Mark Rutherford allowed Sharnbrook's quick winger to break and win the penalty. This was converted for 2-0 at half time.

Second half was more of the same, Mark Rutherford struggled to get a foothold in the game as Sharnbrook controlled possession and the tempo of the game. This saw them grab 2 quick goals to put the game out of reach for Mark Rutherford. However, following a few changes Mark Rutherford actually enjoyed their best spell at this point. We began to keep possession and created 3 or 4 decent chances but we were unable to find the finish - due to some wayward shooting and some excellent defending from the opposition. A harsh 5th goal on the break added to the scoreline.

It wasn't the greatest opening game of the season, but the boys have the chance to put this right next week against Bedford Academy in their 2nd group game.


Y10 Rugby v Rushmoor

The Y10 Rugby team took on Rushmoor yesterday in their second game of the season after beating Bedford School last week, due to last week’s win the boys were confident going into this one, especially with a squad of 22 players to choose from!

The game got off to a flying start for Mark Rutherford, as Muhammad Zilboud broke through Rushmoor’s line on the halfway line, before drawing the Rushmoor full back and putting in Will Biziki to score the game’s opening try with just 4 minutes on the clock. Shortly after this, George Murray set off on a strong run down the right, before stepping inside to finish for his first try of the afternoon, and putting Mark Rutherford into an early 10-0 lead. At this point Rushmoor responded, with some excellent rucking from them and a great driving maul at their line out they powered over to get themselves on the scoreboard. It was already turning into a physical, and competitive match with both sides giving everything, this saw the game reach a scrappy period late in the first half, with neither side really able to control play or get the ball in hand. Within this scrappy period, Rushmoor grabbed themselves a deserved equaliser, this was converted to give Rushmoor a 12-10 lead. However, shortly before half time it was skipper George Murray who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, with a little bit of individual quality, he burst through the line to score his second try, Archie Crampton converted to give Marky a 17-12.

There were a few changes in personnel at half time and it took the boys a while to adapt to this, this allowed Rushmoor to capitalise and they managed to even the game up early in the second half. At the point the game was in the balance, and could have gone either way. To their credit, the boys dug deep and found another gear as Will Biziki scored his second with a great burst from his own half, before Durell Brown crashed through the middle of the park to score under the posts after a great spell of pressure; Fabian Fraser, George Murray, Kyle Atherton and Durell himself all making valuable yards before Durell finished well. Tommy Kelly had stepped up to kicking duties, and he converted Durell’s after the previous attempt had been missed. All of a sudden Mark Rutherford were in control, and they made this show as they continued to defend well – replacements Ben Harding-Forbes, Andre Satahoo and Jake Field were making big contributions with their fresher legs, and this high work rate allowed another replacement, Corey Jefferies to score Marky’s 6th try of the game, one again, Tommy Kelly added the extras. Rushmoor did score another try of their own late on, which meant the game ended Mark Rutherford 36, Rushmoor 24.

This makes it 2 wins from 2 for the Y10 team, next up is Sharnbrook in the County Cup!


Y11 District Basketball v Biddenham

This was the final group game and the boys needed a win to stand any chance of going through to the semis.

The hosts flew into a 12 point lead after just 3 minutes and set the tone for the rest of the game.

The boys were excellent and far too strong for the opposition. They played within the spirit of the game and were congratulated by the opposing member of staff over their sportsmanship.

All of the 10 players scored points. Pedro was top scorer again with 28 of the 67.
Bartek Wojcieszynski 7
Adam Tilson on debut 6
Mark Stanyard 4
Kwame Ogilve 2
Theo Bloomfield 4
Xavier Georgioulius 4
Chris Buttice 6
Rian Malcolm-Smith 4
Dmitri Maluga 2
MVP Pedro Lozano.


Y7 District Netball v Bedford Free School

On Wednesday 27th September the year 7 girls netball team had our first match against Bedford Free School. Unfortunately, due to illness, we were a player down. But luckily our opposition allowed Rhiannon in year 8 to play at GD.

Mark Rutherford started off strong and we were determined to try our best. We had amazing passing, and great interceptions throughout the game. Especially from Emily, Bethany, Bella, Rhiannon and Shania. This led to us some excellent goals from Olivia and Jess. Bedford Free school stepped up and challenged us throughout the game and their shooters put up some great shots. However they weren’t quite good enough and we beat them 13-3!

All of the team played really well and we would like to congratulate Olivia for being nominated as player of the match!

Written by Bella Murphy (T5) and Olivia St. Cyr (T9)


Y8 District Netball v Bedford Free School

There was a Netball match on Wednesday 27th September against the year 8 girls at Bedford Free School.

We started off strong with powerful passes and blocking the ball before the other team could get it. Although we were a bit too fast in the first half of the game, we managed to get it under control in the second half where we spaced out and took a little bit longer holding the ball, making it easier to see where the best place was to throw. We were able to block the balls from going into the net and threw them back to our teammates and got it to the other end of the court in the direction that we were shooting. We were so close to getting it in the net but our opponents were just too good for us.

The match ended as 5-0 to Bedford Free School.

Written by Emma Harding (W7)


Y10 District Basketball v Sharnbrook

The score line suggests the game was closer than it actually was. Rutherford led throughout the match. At the end of the 1st quarter the lead was just one point, despite not starting particularly well. By half time they'd stretched the lead to 4 points having restricted Sharnbrook to just 2 points in the quarter. In the 3rd quarter the boys restricted sharnbrook to just 4 points and extended the lead to 10.

Our boys knew the game was theirs if they could keep their heads and control the play. They did this well with Rian Malcolm-Smith taking on the responsibility, from Pedro Lozano, of ball carrier. Sharnbrook scored with seconds remaining to leave them trailing by 2 at the end of the game.

Rutherford’s shooting was not quite at the level it had been in previous games but their defence was excellent. MVP Kwame Ogilvie led the way, securing numerous rebounds and pulling out a couple of monster blocks on attackers attempting lay ups.

The main point scorer was again Pedro Lozano with 18 of the 26 points. He was well supported by Rian Malcolm-Smith who scored the other 8 points.

The boys host Biddenham on Tuesday afternoon in their final group game. They must win and hope other results go their way in order to have a chance of progressing into the semi finals.


Y8 Rugby v Rushmoor

The Y8s began their season this afternoon in a clash against Rushmoor. It was going to be a difficult challenge for the boys as the majority had only had 2 or 3 training sessions since last season, with only 2 of those involved being involved in club rugby!

The boys got off to a flying start, as Dave Boateng – making his debut – took a great interception as Rushmoor looked to use an overload out wide, and he scampered from the half way line to score the opening try right under the posts! Despite this start, the boys were quickly pegged back as Rushmoor scored with a try of their own almost immediately, as they broke down the same wing and scored in the corner. This had all happened after just 5 minutes, but after the early tries the game began to settle, as both sides battled for possession in what was turning out to be a scrappy game with neither side really managing to take control. Despite the lack of control from either side the game was competitive, the rucks were aggressive and fiercely contested from both sides, along with some big hits from both sets of players! As the game settled down, it was Rushmoor who took control, and they grabbed two more tries in quick succession to take a foothold in the game. Half time, a 15-5 lead for Rushmoor.

Half time saw some changes, as Marky looked to get themselves back into the game. Adrian Nytko on debut was impressing at centre, along with Jonny Baker looking to dictate play from scrum-half, unfortunately some good possession wasn’t turned into points! After a spell of pressure from Rushmoor, a solid counter-ruck, led by Rumiel Pereira and Jack Slater saw Mark Rutherford steal possession, and Jonny then released Ben Moseray who ran the length of the pitch to grab himself a try and put the game back in sight for the year 8s! Unfortunately, the boys got a little over excited, and switched off at a Rushmoor penalty and they broke quickly to convert in the corner once again an move into a 25-15 lead. With 5 minutes to go the boys pushed to get back into the match, and it was Kaiser Mandinga who picked up possession on the wing to score Marky’s third try of the game – courtesy of some generosity from the Rushmoor coach (Kaiser got a little over excited and threw the ball down American Football style rather than placing it on the ground!) – he raced down the wing and left several defenders way behind! This was the final score of the game, as the final few minutes were played out in the middle of the park.

A good performance from all involved, particularly as a first game of the season! The boy will take on Bedford Modern School next, on the 12th October. The game was excellently refereed by First XV Captain Leo Mortimer.

Man of the Match: Jonathan Baker
Tries: Dave Boateng, Ben Moseray & Kaiser Mandinga


Y10 Rugby v Bedford School

Yesterday the Y10 Rugby team took on a Bedford School side in their first game of the season; of the 18 boys selected for Mark Rutherford only 3 of them were playing club rugby outside of school, with the bulk of the team made up of students playing in their first ever rugby fixture.

The boys started slowly, and found themselves 14-0 down after just 5 minutes courtesy of two good tries from Bedford School, despite the early setback the boys rallied well, and began to put into practice the skills they had been working on, skipper George Murray marshalled his side excellently to allow this to happen. It was George himself who created Marky’s opening try, a great burst from his own half drew several opposition players, he was well supported with a solid ruck, before Fabian Fraser received the ball and drove over right under the posts for a debut try! Another debutant, Matt Dullingham converted to half the deficit. From here, the boys went from strength to strength, Fabian and George looked a dangerous Centre pair, whilst Tommy Kelly and Kyle Atherton added some aggressive running from the forwards. Shortly before half time it was George Murray who grabbed Mark Rutherford’s second try, Archie Crampton at scrum half kick-starting a move with a great burst off the back of a ruck before putting George in to score. A missed conversion saw the sides head into half time with Bedford School in a 14-12 lead.

The second half saw a couple of changes, with Jake Field and Will Bangala becoming the latest debutants. Straight away Marky were on top, the defensive line was solid and aggressive, with some excellent running with ball in hand. It was George Murray who made the first breakthrough with a fantastic individual try, he evaded 5 or 6 defenders before touching down under the posts for Matt to chalk up his second conversion of the game. From this point the game was end to end, with both sides playing some exciting rugby and looking to score at every opportunity, Bedford School did hit back to level the scores at 19 all. Almost immediately after scoring Bedford School broke again, and looked as though they would take the lead, but from nowhere Durell Brown appeared to make a crunching tackle, Marky recovered to turnover possession at the ruck, before Durell picked the ball up himself and went the length of the pitch to be the second player to score on debut – putting Mark Rutherford into a 24-19 lead. The game continued to be close after the try, with Tom Hazell at full back and Will Biziki on the wing starting to become more involved in the game, but it was replacement Nojus Cervinskas who scored Marky’s 5th try following some excellent work from the forwards, Kyle Atherton, Ryan Jones and Henry Ejiofor all gaining valuable yards before Nojus went over, Tom Hazell kicking the extras to put his side into a commanding 31-19 lead. To their credit Bedford School fought back, and scored again to make it a tense last 5 minutes – they needed another try and conversion to tie the game. As they looked for the all-important try, it was Mark Rutherford who broke, an excellent counter attack saw Tom Hazell finish off an excellent attacking move, he couldn’t convert but it was the final play of the game which saw Mark Rutherford secure a very impressive 36-26 victory over Bedford Schools XV.

This was a fantastic performance from all involved, particularly with the number of inexperienced player involved. All of the students behaved and acted impeccably throughout the game and whilst they enjoyed their food provided by Bedford School after the game!


First XV Rugby v Bedford School

The 1st XV travelled the short journey to Bedford school for their first game of the season. The team had a mix of experience and debuts were given to Samir Khan, James Ivins, Harry Stonebridge and Sam West.

The hosts started well and scored 3 tries in the first half thanks to some serious pace from their wingers. 19-0 at half time but Rutherford had shown glimpses of promise throughout.

The second half was much improved and the first points were scored by captain Leo Mortimer. The opportunity was created following a fantastic break by scrum half Jack Kermez. He ran from inside his own 22 and was finally brought down 15 metres from the opponents try line. Toby Belcher managed to keep up and support Jack and a touch of class from him, with a pass out the back of the hands, released Leo who still had to get through three tackles before touching down over the line. Leo converted from the touch line to bring the score back to 19-7 And a tiny glimmer of hope appeared. Unfortunately this didn't last long as Bedford hit back almost immediately with two more tries.  The score was 31-7 with time running out. Leo managed to score a second before the final whistle to leave the final score 31-12.

This was a great experience for the boys and was nicely rounded off with a tasty spag bol after the game!


Y9 County Rugby v Etonbury

The Y9 team hosted Etonbury on Thursday, in their first game of the season. Half of the team had PE p5 and they all then warmed up for over an hour before Etonbury arrived.

This level of preparation showed as Rutherford flew into an early lead scoring three tries inside the first ten minutes. The boys were excellent. They did not allow Etonbury out of their half. The score was 35-0 at the interval.

After some half time changes and a bit of squad rotation the game evened up enough for Etonbury to score in the corner. This simply woke our boys up and they went on to win 54-5.

The tries were scored by Keanu Cataldo, Plamedi Bomolo x2, Henry Peters, Marcus Luke, Junior Edwards, Freddy Stonebridge and
Sam Moore. Six out of the seven conversions were scored by Sam x2, Plamedi x2 and Niall Quigley x2.

Man of the match was Brandon Malcolm-Smith who was excellent throughout, implementing the team tactics and taking his vice captain role very seriously.

We now face either Lincroft or Samuel Whitbread in the next round.


Y11 District Basketball v Samuel Whitbread

The Year 11s played a cracking game against a strong Samuel Whitbread side yesterday. The scoreline remained tight throughout and Rutherford held a slender lead until the final quarter when points seemed to dry up and the visitors snuck past to claim the victory.

Pedro Lozano had been excellent in the first two games but yesterday he was exceptional. The visitors struggled to deal with him throughout the match and his personal tally of 21 points was almost enough to snatch a win.

He was well supported by his teammates, particularly Bartek and Arnold. Bartek was instrumental in creating space for Pedro to exploit. Arnold, of year 10 frame, had the task of marking an opponent that made Mr Stokes look small! He did this exceptionally well and managed to claim himself a few rebounds and a couple of baskets to help his side. Unfortunately, Sam Whit rallied late on and went to secure a 36-32 victory, leaving the Y11s with one win from their opening 3 games.

The boys travel to Sharnbrook next week knowing that only a victory will do. We now rely on other results going our way in order to progress to the semi finals.


Y11 District Football v Samuel Whitbread

The year 11 footballers travelled to Sam Whit for their second game of the season. This was always going to be a tough game and the boys needed to be on form in order to compete with a very good team.
The back four of Sam Kalendar, Bartek Wojcieszynski, Martell Brome and James Mabberley were outstanding and frustrated the opposition throughout the game. Any time the attackers made it past the defence, keeper Tobey Williams was on hand to thwart the danger. When he saved a penalty mid way through the second half it looked like the visitors were on course for their second 0-0 draw in as many games.
Unfortunately one small lapse of concentration allowed an attacker in to score the winner with just a few minutes remaining which was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Samuel Whitbread.

The boys battled well throughout but were just short of achieving what would have been an excellent draw. They host Bedford Free School next Friday and will be looking to register the first win of the season.


Y11 Rugby v Rushmoor

Last night the Y11 rugby team had their season opener against Rushmoor, this was a game the boys were very up for after losing to Rushmoor comfortably in their previous meeting!

The game started with Rushmoor on top, they were a very big, physical side, which at times some of the Mark Rutherford boys struggled to deal with and Rushmoor scored 2 relatively early tries to put the pressure on. However, Marky responded well at this point, mainly through the leadership and determination of skipper Tom Howes and vice-captain Jacob Dacres-Kamm, the boys started to play themselves back into the game. We adapted to their physical side, and we responded with some big hits of our own, we almost found a quick reply as Reon and Tom Howes combined down the right but Tom was stopped just short of the line. Shortly before half time Reon did grab his first try, after some great work in the middle of the pitch from the forwards the ball was well worked out to Reon who finished in the corner, David Rickhuss converted. At this point it was end to end stuff with lots of penalties occurring at breakdowns. Right on half time, an excellent break from Rushmoor’s rapid winger saw them regain a 2 try advantage, a second missed converter from their kicker meant Rushmoor led 17-7 at half time.

Half time saw a few changes in personnel and position, and this seemed to work for Mark Rutherford, we immediately got on top and enjoyed some strong pressure in the Rushmoor half. With barely 5 minutes gone Jacob Dacres-Kamm powered over after some great work from the forwards once again. This was quickly followed by Reon’s second try of the game as more sustained pressure, saw him burst through the middle – this flipped the game on its head as Marky went into a 19-17 lead. From here the boys went from strength to strength; strong, stubborn defending, which was led on the pitch by the combination of Tom and Jacob once again, as well as some excellent handling and offloads from the attacking players, noticeably Reon, George Murray and Aimar Che Isa. With 15 minutes to go, George broke from deep and through an excellent dummy to lose 3 Rushmoor defenders, he then burst through the line before picking out Reon who had supported well to finish for his hat-trick! Immediately from the kick off, Reon claimed the ball, and he stepped and dummied his way through 5 or 6 Rushmoor defenders before scoring his fourth and giving his his team a 33-17 lead! At this point Rushmoor appeared to lose their focus, but to their credit, this didn’t last long as they quickly regained their composure and piled on the pressure towards the end of the game, more solid Marky defending was eventually broken as Rushmoor grabbed their fourth try of the game to make it 31-22. Marky saw out the remaining few minutes to secure an excellent win in their first game of the season!

Man of the Match: Jacob Dacres-Kamm
Tries: Jacob Dacres-Kamm, Reon Lewis x4
Conversions: David Rickhuss x3


Y11 District Football v Wootton

The Y11 played their first game of the season on Thursday against Wootton. It was a much changed team from last season, with several players back playing school football and a few boys making their school debuts. Mark Rutherford started brightly, but couldn’t find that final pass despite dominating in the middle of the park thanks to Andy Koncius, Zavier Corion and Joel Simpson. Wootton were also a threat, particularly from set pieces and the first half saw Tobey Williams make a great save from a free header and fly out to punch away a couple of well worked deliveries. The end of the first half was end to end, with changes at either end; Zavier had a good chance from Joel’s corner, before Sam Kalendar cleared a Wootton header off the line! Half time, 0-0.

The second half saw Marky dictate play a little more, we dominated possession and begin to cause Wotton problems, particularly the introduction of Ross Waywell and Raph Bouju at half time, who added some real pace to the Marky forward line. It was Raph who had a great chance to put his side ahead as he raced through but he snatched at his shot and dragged it wide. Shortly after this Ross released Ajax, who beat the last defender excellently but struck the crossbar! It continued like this for the rest of the game, an excellent defensive performance from Jack Goodwin, Martell, Owen and Sam Kalendar limited the chances Wootton could create. With just minutes left, Ajax had another great chance, Raph powered through 3 or 4 defenders before sliding the ball to Ajax, but he could only smash the ball against the woodwork again! This was the final chance of the game, and it meant the game finished 0-0.

A solid performance from all involved, particularly defensively should set the boys up well for the fixture against Sam Whit on Monday.


Y11 District Basketball v Bedford Free

Having lost their opening game of the season last week against St Thomas More, the boys were keen to bounce back in style. They certainly it did that with a comfortable 20 point victory.

Pedro Lozano led the way, scoring the first 25 points for Rutherford! He went on to score 32 points in total and managed that feat despite sitting out for a quarter of the game as the squad was rotated. Unsurprisingly he was named as MVP for the second time this season.

Other points scorers were Rian Malcolm-smith (6), Tom Howes (2), Kwame Ogilve (2), Bartek Wosjcieszynski (2) and also 2 for debutant Reon-Ashley Lewis. An excellent performance from all involved.


Y11 District Basketball v STM

The opening game of the season saw two evenly matched teams go head to head.

The first half was incredibly close with Rutherford leading 9-8 after the first quarter and STM turning it round to 15-16 at the end of the second. The visitors worked themselves into a strong position during the third quarter, restricting Rutherford to just a single basket, and led 17-22 with just the final 10 minute quarter remaining. A 6 point turn around was going to prove very difficult, especially considering Rutherford had only scored 15 points in the first three quarters.

Pedro Lozano then showed his class as he sank a beautiful three pointer to make the score 20-22 and hopes were suddenly lifted. He scored again soon after to level the scores and the boys were looking good to go on and snatch what had seemed an unlikely victory.

However, the hosts couldn't keep the momentum going and St Thomas More hit back to make the score 24-28 with just a minute left. Tom Howes earned two free shots having been fouled whilst attempting a lay up. He held his nerve and sank both baskets. 26-28 with less than a minute on the clock. Up stepped Kwame Ogilve. He found himself some space on the left of the court and sank a monster of a three pointer to give his side the lead for the first time since the start of the second quarter. A huge roar went up. Everyone was shouting 'focus!!'. All they had to do was hang on for 30 seconds and victory would be theirs. Unfortunately they were so busy shouting focus at each other they forgot to mark their opponents and left one with enough space to score the decisive points. Rutherford could not get a final shot away and the clock ticked down to a St Thomas More victory 29 points to 30.


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