Away | 12 November 2016 | Attendance: 294
RUSHALL Olympic slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Warrington Town as the home side scored a late goal at the end of each half.
There was a lively opening to the game with early chances at either end as firstly Jose Veiga gathered from a Ciaran Kilheeney effort then Tony McMillan was alert to thwart Alex Reid at the other end.
With 12 minutes on the clock, Reid caused more problems for McMillan and as the ball fell to Luke Bottomer, his effort was cleared off the line by Andy Nicholas.
It was The Pics’ turn to clear off the line on 20 minutes when an inviting low ball in from the left picked out Scott Metcalfe but Isaac Cooper was well positioned to make the clearance.
Some good hold-up play by Mo Diop ended with him feeding Reid who was just off target as both sides looked sharp on the break.
It was the home side who grabbed the lead in stoppage time at the end of the opening period when Rushall failed to clear their lines and Kilheeney was able to sweep the ball home.
Chances were few and far between in the opening exchanges of the second half until a teasing cross from Aris Christophorou was met with a looping header from Joe Hull that required a save from McMillan.
As The Pics chased an equaliser, the home side almost profited from a break as Mitchell Duggan dragged an effort just wide.
There was a good opportunity for Eddie Toner in front of goal but Veiga blocked bravely but it wasn’t long before they had their second goal to seal the points towards the end as Duggan’s miss-hit strike found the net with the aid of a deflection off a Pics’ defender.
It completed a disappointing day for Rushall.
WARRINGTON TOWN: McMillan, Wylie, Nicholas, Williams, Robinson, McCarten, Toner, Duggan, Kilheeney (Ilesanmi 68), Hattersley (Platt 79), Metcalfe (Harries 88). Subs not used: Gillespie, Wills.
Goal(s): Kilheeney (45), Duggan (85)
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Christophorou, Cooper, Forde, Whittall (Partodikromo 69), Kettle, Hull, Diop (Dell 60), Bottomer (Jeys 80), Eze, Reid. Subs not used: Fitzpatrick, Forsyth.