Rushall Olympic 2-0 AFC Rushden & Diamonds

On a blustery afternoon at Dales Lane, Rushall Olympic picked up an important three points to help cement their third placed spot.

Despite neither team having any major chances in the opening period, Rushall started to string some nice passages of play together. Ben Usher-Shipway and Alex Moore linking up well to create chances. Demetri Brown had the best opportunity of the opening period, after a goalmouth scramble. Brown’s powerful shot was well saved by Dean Sneadker in goal for the visitors. At the other end, Tom Palmer rushed off his line to keep Rushden and Diamonds at bay. Before the break, Rushall came close to getting themselves ahead through Moore’s shot from thirty yards out which needed tipping over the bar; before Snedker stayed big to deny Tyler Lyttle at the near post.

In the second half, The Pics came out with the bit between their teeth and broke the deadlock early on. An Alex Moore corner was met by Mitch Clark who rose well to head off the underside of the bar and onto a Rushden & Diamonds defender as the ball trickled into the back of the net. The goal sparked some life into Rushden though as Liam Dolman’s header was blocked at the near post by Kristian Green only minutes later. As the visitors applied more pressure in their hunt for an equalizer, Samuel Warburton and Nathan Tshikuna threatened with some dangerous set-pieces.

However, Rushall put the game to bed in the 73rd minute through a Danny Glover special. Minutes after replacing Demetri Brown, a loose ball found its way to Glover who controlled the ball with his first touch before curling the ball into the back of the net off the inside of the post with his second. Glover nearly added to his tally in the closing stages. Another goalmouth scramble found its way to the striker who powerfully struck the ball from inside the six yard box, however Snedker responded excellently stopping the ball from narrowly crossing the line as Rushall’s protests were waved away by the linesman.

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