Home | 08 October 2016 | Attendance: 804
THIS local derby between two high-flying teams certainly lived up to its billing as Rushall Olympic battled out a 2-1 victory over Hednesford Town in a closely-fought encounter.
The early action saw the home side begin with purpose with Alex Reid in particular causing problems and Jordan Firzpatrick seeing an effort from distance dip just over the crossbar.
A neat move from The Pics just before the quarter-hour mark ended with Mikael Partodikromo’s teasing cross headed just over his own crossbar by Lewis Wright.
It was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play on 19 minutes when George Carline round the net with a header at the far post after he had wasted a good chance just a minute earlier.
There was plenty of endeavour from both sides for the remainder of the opening period, although chances were at a premium at either end as both defences stood firm.
It took just three minutes into the second half for Rushall to level matters when Dean Keates’ cross was headed on by Diop into the path of Reid who made no mistake.
In what was an evenly-matched affair, there were near-misses at either end as skipper Joel Kettle headed just over for the home side and then a counter-attack from the visitors saw Ashley Sammons’ low strike well gathered by Jose Veiga.
There was late drama when substitute, Stan Mugisha burst through and took the ball around the advancing ‘keeper before firing home from a tight angle to put The Pics in front with 87 minutes on the clock.
That was how the scoreline remained in what was an entertaining encounter in front of a packed house as Rushall made it five wins in a row.
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Christophorou , Martin, Forde, Whittall, Kettle, Keates, Partodikromo (Eze 72), Diop (Mugisha 76), Fitzpatrick (Walters 67), Reid. Subs not used: Jeys, Antonio.
GOAL(S): Reid (48), Mugisha (87)
HEDNESFORD TOWN: Crane, Wright, Bramall, Maye (Matthews 88), Mutton, Rowley, Logan (Sammons 59), Thorley, Glover (Dunkley 72), Singh, Carline. Subs not used: Ransome, Bridgwater.
GOAL(S): Carline (19)
PHOTOS: Amanda Benbow