Away | 28 March 2017 | Attendance: 146
RUSHALL Olympic played out a 1-1 draw in what was an even encounter at Barwell.
It was a lively start to the game from both sides. The first sight of goal saw Ed Nisevic fire well over from distance for Barwell before a free-kick was headed invitingly across the face of goal by Luke Barlone as Rushall were forced to scramble clear.
A counter-attacked from the home side saw Bradey Hickey link up well with Callum Ball but his strike lacked the necessary power to trouble the ‘keeper.
Rushall started to get a foot-hold in the game as the half went on with Luke Bottomer starting to see more of the ball out wide.
A clever through-ball from Aaron Forde almost played in Craig Bannister only for the ‘keeper to get there first and make a timely intervention before Sam Whittall went close with a low strike.
It didn’t take Barwell long to get their noses in front after the restart when Dec Towers received the ball inside the area and just about managed to guide it beyond Veiga for a scrappy opener.
The lead lasted barely four minutes before The Pics were back on level terms when a free-kick out wide picked out Joe Hull who found space inside the area to tap home from close range.
Both sides were cancelling each other out as the game went on, although it was proving to be an end-to-end affair. Pearson Mwanyongo came on for the home side and injected extra life into the proceedings as firstly his cross-come-shot whistled just past the post and then he saw a free-kick saved by Veiga.
There was a chance for Rushall right at the death when Lewis Probert linked up well with Danico Johnson to carve out a chance for Forde but Liam Castle was brave to smother at his feet as honours ended even.
BARWELL: Castle, Kay, Nisevic, Stanley, Towers, Julien, Meade (Story 65), Hildreth (Tomkinson 60), Barlone, Hickey, Ball (Mwanyongo 71). Subs not used: Smith-Varnam, Davis.
Goal(s): Towers (50)
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Bottomer (Mugisha 60), Whittall, Forde, Hull, Christophorou, Smikle, Partodikromo, Bowerman (Johnson 76), Bannister, Cooper (Probert 79). Subs not used: Eze, Arnold.
Booking(s): Partodikromo (87)
Goal(s): Hull (54)