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RUSHALL OLYMPIC FC
RUSHALL OLYMPIC FC
Away | 15 April 2017 | Attendance: 578
RUSHALL Olympic battled against adversity to play out a 1-1 draw at high-flying Spennymoor Town.
A sickness bug saw a couple of players forced to pull out on the morning of the game, leaving The Pics able to name just three substitutes.
As the home side started to pose a few questions following an evenly-matched opening to the game, they were awarded a penalty on 19 minutes as Mark Anderson broke into the area only to be brought down by Jose Veiga.
It was Anderson who stepped up but fired well over and soon afterwards the same player saw a rasping drive from distance tipped over the crossbar by Veiga.
Rushall were showing little as an attacking threat as the half went on but were working hard to keep the home side at bay.
There was a great chance for George Bowerman on the breakaway with 40 minutes on the clock but he hesitated at the crucial moment and it allowed the ‘keeper to make the save.
With Rushall starting to get on top, it was the home side who grabbed the lead on 68 minutes courtesy of a sweet strike from Glen Taylor that gave Veiga no chance.
The lead lasted barely two minutes, though, as some defensive hesitation following a free-kick allowed Lewis Probert to lift the ball over the ‘keeper and into the net.
As Spennymoor looked to get back in front, Robert Ramshaw went close from a good position.
Then right at the end, a great run and strike from Stan Mugisha brought a fine save out of Dan Lowson.
Pics’ boss, John Allen, stood and applauded his players off the field at the end following a performance of spirit and determination.
SPENNYMOOR TOWN: Lowson, Griffiths, Mason, Chandler, Bladwin, Curtis, Ramshaw, Henry (Fisher 87), Taylor, Armstrong (Dowson 77), Anderson (Johnson 59). Subs not used: Watson, Mitchell.
Goal(s): Taylor (68)
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Hull, Probert, Forde, Eze, Whittall, Jackson (Cooper 22), Partodikromo, Bowerman, Bannister, Bottomer (Mugisha 51). Sub not used: Arnold.
Booking(s): Veiga, Bannister
Goal(s): Probert (70)
Starting Line Up