The Pics
Halesowen Town

Away | 10 February 2018 | Attendance: 420

Match Report

Two second half goals condemned the Pics to a disappointing defeat when they travelled to Halesowen Town on Saturday.

The visitors had opened the game brightly but a controversial decision on the stroke of half time made things difficult for Liam McDonald`s men in the second half.

Fresh from an excellent midweek 3-0 home victory over Lancaster City on Saturday there was a re-call for Michael Townsend while former Rushall Manager, Richard Sneekes, was in the home dug-out after recently being named first-team coach.

The visitors made a bright start to the game and straight from the kick-off Danny Waldron forced home goalkeeper Daniel Platt into a good save. There was a scare for the home side in the fourth minute when Josh Hawker`s free-kick saw Andre Landell`s effort cleared off the line and from the resultant corner Joe Hull`s header was just wide.

It was still the visitors who were controlling the early stages and in the thirteenth minute they put together another excellent move which ended when Simeon Maye curled his shot just wide.

Little had been seen of the home side as an attacking force but in the fourteenth minute Jordan Goddard produced their first shot at goal but Pics `keeper` Joe Slinn pushed his effort over the bar.

The home side were beginning to get back into the game and almost went ahead on the half hour mark when Myles Arnold was left with time and space and saw Slinn dive away to push his close range shot away for a corner.

Then on the stroke of half time came the incident which changed the whole course of the game. There was an altercation between Halesowen Town Manager, John Hill, and Pics striker, Richard Brodie, which ended with both men being sent-off meaning the visitors had to play the whole of the second half with ten men. From where we were sitting the decision looked very harsh on Brodie but it left the Pics with an uphill struggle in the second half

Within a minute of the re-start the home side were ahead when Goddard`s twenty five yard shot was parried by Slinn but LEE KNIGHT followed up to fire the Yeltz into the lead.

The goal knocked the Pics out of their stride and on sixty two minutes they made a double substitution with Lewis Archer and Josh Webb coming on for Danny Dubidat and Landell.

However, within three minutes they found themselves 2-0 down when a superb in-swinging corner from JACK KELLY beat Slinn and found its way into the back of the net.

This was a real blow for the visitors and in a final effort to get back into the game they brought on Josh Sarmento for Hawker but it was to avail as the home side easily saw out the final few minutes although the Pics did go close when Hull saw his shot hit the outside of the post.

A disappointing day and result but this game will be remembered for the controversial sending-off.

HALESOWEN TOWN: Platt, Ekongon, Kelly, Goddard, Morrison, Charlton, Arnold, Bragoli, Knight, Da Veiga-Monteiro, Longbottom (Diop 79). UNUSED SUBS: Weir-Daley, Roland, Parsone.

RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Slinn, Hull, Smikle, Hawker (Sarmento 80), Townsend, Whittall, Landell (Webb 62), Maye, Brodie, Dubidat (Archer 62), Waldron. UNUSED SUBS Adelkan, Singh.

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