Home | 03 December 2016 | Attendance: 261
THIS top of the table clash was played at frantic pace but a lack of quality in the final third meant that it took a scrambled last minute goal for the home side to decide it.
A loose clearance within the opening minutes from Jose Veiga in The Pics’ goal fell at the feet of Connor Smith who tried his luck from distance but was inches wide.
There was a good pace to the game in the opening exchanges and with 13 minutes on the clock, a high ball into the area from Isaac Cooper fell out to Mickael Partodikromo who dragged his effort just wide.
A burst of pace from Jazz Luckie saw him break into the area before looking to pick out Alex Reid in the middle but the visitors were able to scramble clear.
Some good play out wide by the lively Smith saw him put over an inviting ball for Matthew Tymon who was denied at close range by Veiga as he made the save on the goal-line.
Rushall had the chance to take the lead on 40 minutes when Luckie did well to break into the area only to be hauled down by Andrew May. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot but Reid’s penalty was poor and comfortably saved by Shane Bland.
The start of the second period saw a great run from Reid end with the ball deflected off him which required a neat save from Bland to claw the ball away.
At the other end, the defensive wall did its job to thwart Dale Hopson with a free-kick just outside the area.
Both teams were displaying plenty of endeavour but cancelling each other out in terms of goalscoring chances.
Veiga did well at full stretch to deny Hopson who curled an effort goalwards from just inside the area.
There was late drama when The Pics won another penalty following a foul on Stan Mugisha with just a minute to go. Reid once more saw his spot-kick saved but this time Mugisha was on hand to bundle the rebound home.
A stoppage time strike from Smith went close to levelling matters but Rushall held on to claim the points and go top of the table.
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Christophorou, Cooper, Smith, Hull, Kettle, Partodikromo (Eze 83), Fitzpatrick (Mugisha 72), Luckie (Dell 66), Bottomer, Reid. Subs not used: Whittall, Squire.
Goal(s): Mugisha (89)
WHITBY TOWN: Bland, Smith (Roberts 90), McWilliams, May, Bythway, Robinson, Gell, McTiernan (Martin 72), Snaith, Tymon, Hopson. Subs not used: Weledji, Hume, Dixon.
Booking(s): Bythway, May, Tymon, Snaith