Away | 25 October 2016
RUSHALL Olympic went out of the Birmingham Senior Cup at the first hurdle with a 4-1 defeat at Nuneaton Town, but there were plenty of positives from our young side.
Chances were at a premium during the opening 20 minutes or so before a neat move from the home side ended with David Moli firing over from the edge of the area.
Then a powerful strike from Jordan Nicholson produced a smart save from Sam Arnold.
There was a chance for Jazz Luckie for The Pics as he burst through the middle only to lose his footing as he tried to round the ‘keeper before Jak Jeys showed a good turn of pace before being denied by a timely block from Christian Dibble.
After a long free-kick from Jordan Fitzpatrick was headed into the side-netting by Stan Mugisha for The Pics, the home side opened the scoring on 37 minutes courtesy of a powerful strike from Nicholson.
There were good chances at either end in quick succession as Moli clipped the outside of the post for Nuneaton whilst Luckie saw his effort acrobatically tipped over by the ‘keeper.
The second goal arrived for the home side on 43 minutes when Moli picked out Nicholson is space to tap home.
For all of Rushall’s possession early in the second half, it was the home side who had the best chance when Shaq McDonald’s shot on the turn was well pushed out by Arnold.
Some good play from Moli saw him manage to dig out a low strike that rattled the base of the post.
The home side extended their lead with 11 minutes to go when Moli’s strike was pushed out by Arnold and James Clifton was on hand to rifle home the rebound to make it 3-0.
The goal that Moli had been threatening came towards the end when he lashed home before in stoppage time Alex Reid won and converted a penalty to make it 4-1.
There were some impressive displays from The Pics' youngsters with Sam Arnold giving a good account of himself in goal, whilst Jack Squire slotted into the team well and fellow youth teamer, Kadeem Brown also got some game time under his belt as a second half substitute.
NUNEATON TOWN: Dibble, Wheatley, Tempest, Cartwright, Anderson, Penny, Elliott (Higham 82), Nicholson (Clifton 59), Moli, McDonald, Demkiv (Scott 59). Subs not used: Williams, Taylor.
GOAL(S): Nicholson (37), (43, Clifton (79), Moli (85)
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Arnold, Mugisha (Bottomer 63), Antonio (Brown 60), Hull, Whittall, Eze, Partodikromo, Squire, Luckie (Reid 69), Jeys, Fitzpatrick. Subs not used: Christophorou, Veiga.
GOAL(S): Reid (pen )(90)