The Pics


Home | 06 July 2018 | Attendance: 719
Rushall Olympic came out on top in an entertaining and competitive local derby which saw the non-league outfit run out worthy 2-1 winners against a strong Walsall side.

The night’s first sight on goal came in the fourth minute for the Pics courtesy of former Alvechurch man Yusifu Ceesay. The midfielder cut inside from the right before unleashing a fierce shot that Saddlers keeper Liam Roberts had to parry away.

Justin Richards, another new man at Dales Lane, got on the end of a deep Sam Whittall cross in the 11th minute but his header went over the bar.

It was the visitors’ chance to go close next, when Zeli Ismail whipped a cross in for Andy Cook. His header went high and wide of Joe Slinn’s goal.

Cook went close again on 37 minutes, when he travelled through the middle of the park before firing a shot left footed just over the bar.

Rushall broke the deadlock on 39 minutes after some good work down the left by Ceesay. His tricky feet and cross found Richards, whose first time shot from a few yards out found the back of the net.

Walsall started the second half stronger, and Kieron Morris sent a difficult shot goalbound in the 58th minute. Slinn saved but couldn’t hold on, and Michael Townsend did well to clear the danger inside the six yard box.

Slinn was called into action again in the 64th minute, when a Luke Leahy free kick was heading for the back of the net. The Pics keeper got a strong hand to the shot to tip it over the bar.

Liam Roberts kept Walsall in it with a fantastic double save shortly after, first keeping out a Gurjit Singh effort before blocking a powerful follow up shot by Ashley Sammons.

The Saddlers got their equaliser on 72 minutes, when that prolific non league player A Trialist sent a shot goalwards. Slinn got a hand to it, and will be disappointed to have seen the effort nestle into the bottom corner.

Rushall grabbed a deserved victory eight minutes from time thanks to an unfortunate Nicky Devlin own goal. Singh sent in a dangerous cross from the right, only for Devlin to misjudge the clearance and send the ball into his own goal.

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