Home | 11 February 2017
THE PICS suffered last minute heartbreak against Matlock Town to lose 3-2 in an entertaining game despite the heavy conditions.
The visitors went close within the opening five minutes from a corner as the ball was cleared off the line.
At the other end, The Pics fashioned an opening for Danico Johnson on seven minutes but he lashed his effort wide of the target.
There was a great save by Jose Veiga in the home goal to deny Marcus Dinanga who was played through one-on-one by Paul Ennis as the visitors posed all of the early questions.
As the home side started to get into their stride, Danico Johnson’s low ball across the area found Luke Bottomer whose strike was bravely blocked by Liam Marsden in front of goal.
The opening goal arrived on 37 minutes when a neat passage of play from Rushall ended with Johnson brought down for a penalty and Aaron Forde stepped up to coolly stroke home to make it 1-0.
The visitors levelled matters right on the stroke of half-time when Paul Ennis found Adam Yates who bundled the ball home at the third time of asking despite Henry Eze’s best efforts to keep it out on the line.
A sweeping move from The Pics right at the start of the second half ended with George Bowerman placing his effort inches wide following good work from Aris Christophorou and Mickael Partodikromo in the build-up.
Some more decisive play from the home side saw Forde go close moments later before Rushall regained the lead on 66 minutes when Partodikromo threaded Bottomer through and he fired home.
Matlock were back on level terms shortly afterwards when a long-range effort from Edward Cribley found the net with the aid of a deflection.
There was a superb save from Veiga in the closing stages to deny Ennis from a curling free-kick just outside the area. He then denied Dinanga as he broke through but the resistance was finally broken in the last minute when Dinanga slotted home to win it for the visitors.
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Christophorou, Smikle, Forde, Hull, Eze (Jackson 85), Partodikromo, Whittall, Bowerman (Boothe 82), Johnson (Luckie 74), Bottomer. Subs not used: Cooper, Dell
Booking(s): Hull, Whittall, Bottomer
Goal(s): Forde (pen, 37), Bottomer (66)
MATLOCK TOWN: Barnes, Marsden, Green, Wright (Doyle-Charles 74), A. Yates, Wiley, McManus (Morrison 85), Williams, Ennis (Degirolamo 89), Dinanga, Cribley. Subs not used: Newsham, J. Yates.
Goal(s): A. Yates (44), Cribley (70), Dinanga (89)
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