Rushall Olympic urged to avoid FA Cup replay slip

By Joe Edwards | Rushall Olympic | Published:

Boss Liam McDonald has urged Rushall Olympic to avoid being the victims of an upset in tonight’s FA Cup first qualifying round replay.

Liam McDonald

The Pics host Sutton Coldfield Town tonight after drawing 2-2 at Coles Lane on Saturday.

McDonald’s side play a level above the Royals but he said: “It’s a balanced tie because it’s the FA Cup.

“I’m sure there’ll be teams upset by lower opposition and we’ve just got to make sure we’re not one of them.

“We’ve got a big chance, at home – we’re good at home. We’ve just got to go out and be better. “

Ben Lund and skipper Ashley Sammons found the net for Rushall on Sutton’s artificial pitch. Jordan Nadat cancelled out Lund’s strike. James Beresford scored late on after Sammons’ sharp finish.

The replay kicks off at 7.45pm and the winner will receive £6,000.

“The lads were disappointed with their second half performance,” added McDonald. “We took into account what Sutton were going to do and we just didn’t deal with it well.”

“We knew they were going to come and press us a little higher and get bodies around the ball at times.


“We just, sort of, played at our own pace – but they upped it. We weren’t able to match it at times.

“The pitch, it’s always tough to come and play on. Back on grass, I’m sure we’ll be better.”

The furthest the Pics have gone in the competition is the fourth qualifying round, which they reached in the 2007/08 and 2013/14 seasons.

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.


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