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Lee Smith returns to haunt Rushall Olympic

By Russell Youll | Rushall Olympic | Published:

Former Rushall Olympic forward Lee Smith returned to haunt his old club and knock them out of the FA Cup.

Lee Smith playing for Rushall

Smith netted a 34th-minute penalty to give Sutton Coldfield Town a 1-0 win in the first qualifying round replay at Dales Lane.

The Royals were awarded the spot-kick when the referee spotted an infringement after Jonathon Letford had swung in a cross. Smith stepped up to send Joe Slinn the wrong way.

Rushall rallied after the break and Ashley Sammons saw a shot saved before Smith missed a great chance to get his second when he headed wide from inside the six-yard box.

The hosts really stepped up the pressure in the final stages and Sammons and Justin Richards went close but were unable to find an equaliser.

n Tamworth head coach Mike Fowler has stepped down from his role following their FA Cup exit at Hednesford. He will continue in his youth development role with the club.

Russell Youll

By Russell Youll
@russyoull_star

Group Sports Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star

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