The Pics

UNDER-18 TEAM 0 - 2 Haughmond

Away | 10 September 2018
Midland U18 Floodlit Youth League – Premier North Division

Haughmond 2-0 Rushall Olympic

The Pics youth team fell to its first defeat of the season on the superb playing surface of the Shrewsbury Sports Village. Rushall dominated the match from the kick-off but could not muster a worthwhile shot on target. The home side were content to play the “long ball” game and trying just to stop Rushall playing. The visitors felt that Haughmond should have been reduced to ten men following a nasty foul towards the end of the first half but the referee merely issued an admonishment, claiming he had not seen the incident.

Despite a tactical reshuffle by Rushall, the second half followed the same pattern, although some changes were enforced by the loss of both Rushall centre-backs, Ben Cadwallader and Nathaniel Graham, through injury.

Almost inevitably, Rushall fell for the “sucker punch” as, in the 64th minute, when Jakob Burroughs’s shot was blocked and the ball was booted upfield for James Hill to race on to and find the net with Haughmond’s first on-target shot of the match!

Worse was to follow, 12 minutes later, when an uncharacteristic error by Pics keeper, Brad Price, allowed a long-range speculative shot from substitute, Sam Davies, to creep in, just under the cross-bar with Haughmond’s second on-target shot (and their final one, as it turned out).

Rushall’s non-existent finishing with the total lack of an “end–product” in the Haughmond penalty-area remained until the end, with their first, and only, on-target shot coming in the 88th minute! If the Rushall lads are to win anything, this season, they have to learn quickly that attractive build-up play means nothing unless it is converted into goals.

Rushall Olympic
Brad Price, Ben Cadwallader, Nathaniel Graham, Sam McCarthy (captain), James Archer, Abdul Yekeen, Joe Pemberton, Jakob Burroughs, Lucas Fallon, Lee Wood, Keiron Berry. Substitutes:- Oliver Round, Ziah Greer, Reece Nunn, Ben Nightingale.

Luke Hyde, Adam Knott, Charlie Davies, Rhys Dean, Charlie Nickless (captain), Louis Arnold, Luke Et, Callum Hunt, Zac Windsor, Ryan Knott, James Hill. Substitutes:- Jamie Bolderstone, Sam Davies, Nathan Jones, Jay Brownfield, Ed Shakeshaft

Referee:- Mr. Mark Reilly