Home | 29 October 2016 | Attendance: 189
A FEISTY local derby went the way of the visitors after a lively encounter in which the home side were reduced to ten men following the sending off of substitute Marlon Walters who had only been on the pitch for five minutes.
The home side got off to a bright start and Aaron Forde released Aris Chistophorou who was barged off the ball by Richard Sho-Silva who received a booking. From the resultant kick new signing, Isaac Cooper, making his debut for the home side, curled his shot just over the bar. As the Pics continued to press Alex Reid released Jak Jeys wide on the right but his return cross was only just too high for Reid who had continued his run into the area.
The visitors began to play their way into the game and Lee Chilton`s cross caused problems for home `keeper` Jose Veiga who gathered the ball at the second attempt but moments later Chilton went even closer when his left foot shot flew inches past the post.
An end-to-end contest was gathering pace and another good move from the visitors saw Anderson`s cross cleared for a corner which came to nothing but the home side were close to breaking the deadlock when Alex Reid`s shot was pushed past the post by Dan Platt.
With half time approaching Rushall went even closer to taking the lead when Luke Bottomer`s superb cross flashed across the six yard box with no-one there to take advantage. Eight minutes before the break though Halesowen were almost ahead when Matt Birley run ended with a shot which beat Veiga but struck the post but two minutes later the visitors did go ahead when former Pics striker ETHAN DELANEY headed home from close range.
Two minutes before the break the home side suffered a blow when Aris Christophorou was forced off following a strong challenge from Jay Denny who received a caution for his trouble
At half time Marlon Walters was introduced for Aaron Forde and the home side were back on level terms four minutes into the half when JOE HULL powered home a header after good work from Bottomer and Reid.
Within a minute, however, the home side`s good work was undone when Walters was given a straight red card for an alleged stamp and was ordered off barely five minutes after being introduced into the action
The visitors then began to get a grip and gain control and won the game when Jordan Goddard fired home from the edge of the box. Veiga was forced into several fine saves but right at the death there were a couple of half chances for Bottomer and Hull but their efforts were wildly off target
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Christophorou (Partodikromo 45), Cooper, Forde (Walters 46) Hull, Eze, Whittall, Bottomer, Diop (Forsyth 67), Jeys, Reid. Subs not used: Mugisha, Luckie.
HALESOWEN TOWN: Platt, Haynes, Hancocks, Denny, Sho-Silva, Morrison, Goddard,
Birley (Bragoli 70), Anderson, Delaney, Chilton (Cameron 75). Subs not used: Griffiths, Cleet, O`Day
BOOKING(S): Partodikromo, Bottomer
RED CARD(S): Walters