Home | 19 November 2016 | Attendance: 269
RUSHALL Olympic ran out convincing local derby winners against a Sutton Coldfield Town playing under new manager, Richard Sneekes, for the first time.
It took less than two minutes for The Pics to take the lead when a corner found Henry Eze in space and the big defender was able to volley home.
The early opener failed to ignite the game as chances were at a premium at either end for much of the first half.
A free-kick curled goalwards by Luke Rodgers was well watched by Jose Veiga, whilst at the other end, a first-time volley from just outside the area by Jordan Fitzpatrick was saved well by James Wren.
Rushall managed to double their advantage on 42 minutes when Aris Christophorou lifted the ball home despite Wren’s best efforts to keep it out.
There was still time for the visitors to pull a goal back right on the stroke of half-time as Lee Hildreth fired home from close range to give Veiga no chance.
The second period began with The Pics adding a third goal when a break down the right saw the ball find its way across to Sam Whittall who fired home with a low strike through a crowd of players.
With their confidence up, Rushall almost added another shortly afterwards when Reid combined well with Aaron Forde who strode through before firing into the side-netting.
A superb through-ball by Luke Bottomer set Jak Jeys racing clear only for him to be denied by the alert Wren as he closed in on goal, then moments later Reid went close with a strike from distance.
The visitors rarely threatened during the second period as Rushall chalked up a convincing 3-1 victory.
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Christophorou, Cooper, Forde, Whittall, Kettle, Eze, Partodikromo (Mugisha 78), Dell (Jeys 46), Fitzpatrick (Bottomer 46), Reid. Subs not used: Forsyth, Squire.
Goal(s): Eze (2), Christophorou (42), Whittall (54)
SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN: Wren, Gayle, Green, Palmer (Keen 58), Francis, Ricketts, Hildreth, Webb, Rodgers (Guyes 83), O’Callaghan, Washbourne (Smith 68). Subs not used: Morris, McNaught
Goal(s): Hildreth (44)
MAIN PIC: Tim Lloyd.