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Rushall Olympic
Stratford Town
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M Taylor (2'), L Wilson (47')
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 182

The Blues share the spoils with the Pics

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Goals from Mikey Taylor & Lewis Wilson not enough to secure a third consecutive win in the Staffordshire sunshine

Match Report by Kevin Hand, Photographs by Granty

Rushall Olympic 2 v 2 Stratford Town (HT 1-1)
Saturday 29 September, 2018 3.00pm in the EvoStik Premier Central League.

Attendance: 182

Rushall Olympic vs Stratford Town pics by Granty
14 photos

• Striving to better…….

On a glorious late September afternoon there were high expectations of Town completing a hat trick of wins. Twice leading the Town boys were twice pegged backed by a game Rushall outfit.

Playing conditions were excellent and Rushall kicked off with Town playing down a slight slope towards the clubhouse end. Stratford was quickly on the front foot and went ahead on 2 minutes. Grocott receive the ball in midfield from Westwood and played a ‘killer’ ball between the statuesque Rushall defenders as Taylor flashed past them and finished in style with clinically hit shot. Town threatened to overrun the Pics with Albi Skendi dominating midfield and Grocott and Taylor combining well.

But on 8 minutes the scores were level following Rushall’s first attack.. Sam Whittall strode forward from midfield and his long range shot was deflected for a corner. Daniel Waldron headed home from the corner with a minimum of fuss and a minimum of Town defensive marking.

The game then meandered forward with little discernible shape and some player tetchiness. Town was generally having the better of things but failed to make any clear cut scoring chances until 32 minutes. A sliced Rushall clearance saw Taylor race clear on the left but as he closed in on goal he fired wastefully over the bar. This could have proved disastrous as 5 minutes later Ashley Sammons found himself one on one with Ross Etheridge to be denied by the quick anticipation of the Town custodian.

Town had the better of the exchanges at the start of the second half and it was no surprise when they restored their lead. Lewis Wilson was making a promising run towards the Rushall goal when he was hauled down. From the resulting free kick ‘assist-king’ Grocott found the head of Jordan Williams whose looping return was headed home by Wilson from just under the cross bar.

For long periods Town pressed winning most of the 50/50 balls and their desperate defending earned them 2 yellow cards. Later Cox was also to receive yellow. But for all the pressure it was Rushall who replied and equalized 72 minutes. Ashley Sammons strode forward from midfield and his cleanly struck shot seemed to be covered by Etheridge down by his left hand post. Agonisingly, the ball slipped from his grasp and trickled over the line much to the frustration of the Town bench.

Rushall was re-energised but rarely threatened as substitutions were made. The biggest talking point was when the returning Kynan Isaac looked to have slipped through the Pics’ defence on 83 mintes only to be clipped in the act of shooting. Penalty? Stone-wall according to the Town boys but referee, Bradley Hall, begged to differ.

Rushall is a friendly, well-run club and are to be congratulated on an excellent and imaginatively produced programme.

Manager, Steve Walker, declared himself as being really excited by the progress the team was making but disappointed that two poor errors marred an otherwise strong performance resulting in the loss of two points.

Man of the Match: Will Grocott

• Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well. King Lear Act 1 Scene 4

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Will Grocott

Player of the Match

Will Grocott

Key moments

2:00
Goal Mikey Taylor scores for Stratford Town
8:00
Goal Goal for Rushall Olympic
47:00
Goal Lewis Wilson scores for Stratford Town
71:00
Goal Goal for Rushall Olympic

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Will Grocott is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
71:00 Goal 2 - 2
Goal for Rushall Olympic
65:00 Yellow Card
Chris Cox is yellow carded for Stratford Town
47:00 Goal 1 - 2
Lewis Wilson scores for Stratford Town
End of period 1
8:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Rushall Olympic
2:00 Goal 0 - 1
Mikey Taylor scores for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Rushall Olympic
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Mikey Taylor Goal 2:00'
  • Goal 8:00'
  • Lewis Wilson Goal 47:00'
  • Chris Cox Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Goal 71:00'

Team selection

Etheridge, Ross Etheridge, Ross
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Westwood, Kieren Westwood, Kieren
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Taylor, Mikey Taylor, Mikey
Fry, James Fry, James

League round up

Other Premier Division Central results

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0
0
St Ives Town
1
3
Kettering Town
0
1
Halesowen Town
King's Lynn Town
3
1
St Neots Town
0
0
Hitchin Town
Tamworth
1
2
Royston Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering Town 39 88
2. Stourbridge 39 76
3. King's Lynn Town 39 73
4. Alvechurch 39 71
5. Stratford Town 39 69
6. Biggleswade Town 39 63
7. Coalville Town 39 61

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