Away | 15 November 2016 | Attendance: 145
THE PICS made Integro League Cup progress with a penalty shoot-out victory at Halesowen Town.
There was a lively start to the proceedings with both teams playing at a good tempo without creating too much in the way of genuine chances.
The home side went close when new signing, George Bowerman, had an effort that was deflected inches wide before he made sure with his next chance on the quarter-hour mark as he slotted home to open the scoring.
Rushall were forced into a change on 30 minutes when Jak Jeys took a knock and was replaced by Luke Bottomer.
An effort from Malcolm Melvin dipped just in front of Jose Veiga but he was alert to gather as the clock ticked down towards the end of the opening period.
After yellow cards for Joe Hull and then Dominic Dell for late challenges, Bowerman dipped an effort over from distance for Halesowen.
A well-worked free-kick for The Pics on the edge of the area saw Bottomer’s strike bravely blocked.
Shortly afterwards Bottomer did well to play in Alex Reid but his strike under pressure was well saved from close range by the home ‘keeper.
As Rushall upped the pressure, Platt had to be alert to clear outside his area ahead of the onrushing Reid but he was beaten all ends up on 83 minutes as Reid unleashed a venomous strike from just inside the area to level matters.
It was The Pics asking all the questions in the closing stages and Dominic Dell did well to find Bottomer whose deflected strike was saved.
Then Dell flashed a low ball agonisingly across the face of goal with no-one on hand to profit as it ended 1-1 and the tie went straight to penalties.
The penalty shoot-out saw The Pics win 3-2 with Reid slotting home the all-important spot-kick.
HALESOWEN TOWN: Platt, Bragoli, Griffiths, Denney, Morrison, Charlton, Melvin, Digie (Birley 76), Bowerman, Delaney (Anderson 64), Cameron (Chilton 79). Subs not used: Goodard, Hancocks.
Goal(s): Bowerman (15)
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Hull, Eze (Forde 46), Forsyth (Reid 65), Whittall, Kettle, Partodikromo, Dell, Jeys (Bottomer 30), Fitzpatrick, Cooper. Subs not used: Christophorou, Squire.
Booking(s): Hull, Dell
Goal(s): Reid (83)