Rutter in action (Photo Credit: © Motion Sport Photography / Match Album)
Poole Town boss Tom Killick lavished stand-in goalkeeper Alex Rutter with praise after the teenager marked his senior debut with a cleansheet.
Rutter, who has spent time with Southampton and Swansea’s academies, was drafted in just before Saturday’s game with Swindon Supermarine, due to the absence of Dolphins’ no.1 Mark Childs.
In a quiet game with neither side having too many chances, Rutter had to remain alert in the second half to thwart Conor McDonagh, paving the way for Tony Lee’s late striker to snatch all three points for Dolphins.
Speaking to All Poole Aren’t We, Killick said: “For young Alex to come in for a one off game, it’s quite a daunting thing to walking into the changing room as quite a young lad, particularly as a goalkeeper where any mistake you make is going to be highlighted.
“I thought he really coped with a highly pressured situation very, very well.
“In a way, he’s won us the game, by keeping us in the game with the save he made. In fact, he made a couple of very good saves.
“I think he deserves an awful lot of credit.”
Rutter will remain registered to the club, but it remains to be seen whether the Dolphins will call upon his services again this season.